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Capitol Health Call
April 10, 2013

Combat Casualty Care Research

JAMA. 2013;309(14):1452. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.3559

The Department of Defense (DoD) estimates that almost 25% of service members who die in combat could have survived if better and faster medical care had been available. But a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), released February 13, found that communication among the elements of the DoD charged with conducting research and development on biomedical casualty care was so poor that the department cannot be sure the research it is conducting is producing results that save lives on the battlefield (http://tinyurl.com/aqzoxqv).