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  • A peek behind the curtain: Prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD

    Post-traumatic stress disorder can be debilitating, but there are therapies that can reduce symptoms, improve quality of life, and help Airmen return to duty.
  • Readiness, trauma at heart of C-STARS Baltimore partnership

    (This story is part one of two in a series on medics embedded in the Baltimore Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills program.)
  • Airmen feedback critical to future Air Force

    Select total force Airmen will be chosen to participate in one of two surveys supporting the Invisible Wounds Initiative.
  • 3-D printing takes wounded warriors to a new dimension

    One wounded warrior wanted to amble around the hotel pool during his honeymoon without strapping on prosthetic legs. Another wanted ice skates to fit snugly onto his prosthetic feet so he’d receive the sensory feedback he’d come to expect when engaging in his favorite pastime. And yet another wanted to hold a fishing rod while enjoying full use of the hook where his hand used to be.
  • Nellis AFB surgeons, UMC combine efforts to treat Las Vegas shooting victims

    Chesnut, along with three general and three resident surgeons assigned to the 99th MDG, responded to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada to help treat patients injured during the recent active shooter incident in downtown Las Vegas.
  • PTSD treatment confronts the trauma behind the disorder

    Post-traumatic stress disorder is considered one of the “signature wounds” of the current conflicts in the Middle East. But many people may not know that there are highly effective treatments for this invisible wound being deployed at Air Force hospitals and clinics today.
  • Trauma czar acts as lynchpin of care when patients clinging to life

    With the whirl of activity rushing around her and the advice of nearly 20 specialists being presented, it’s the job of Maj. (Dr.) Valerie Sams to decide the medical treatment to go forward with that could ultimately decide whether the patient lives or dies.
  • Joint trauma system vital link to saving lives

    A loud explosion hits close, shaking the dust from the walls. Sirens start going off and servicemembers run to check on everyone near the impact site. The 9-line report comes across the net. Helicopter rotors start spinning. The wounded receive their first care from a medic who also completes a Tactical Combat Casualty Care card. A medevac helicopter soon lands to take the wounded to a hospital. While in flight, the medical team generates a Patient Care Record and later fills out an After Action Report. These forms are the first step in data flow to the Joint Theater Trauma System. JTTS team members gather data from combat medical records and upload the data into a registry for analysis by teams in the U.S. The system is guiding developments of best practices across the military medical system including equipment enhancements to help prevent injuries and improvements in care. JTTS also has helped improve pre-hospital, patient movement, medical treatment facility, chronic care and lifelong rehabilitation.
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