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January 1969

Time and Its Effects on Casualties in World War II and Vietnam

Author Affiliations

Great Lakes, Ill
From the Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill.

Arch Surg. 1969;98(1):39-40. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1969.01340070057008

The expression, "time has both the quality and quantity," is well appreciated by the man in combat today. He is well aware that if he is wounded, his survival depends upon the "quantity" of time allowed him by his particular injury, and he also knows that the "quality" of the time allowed him in the form of medical care is equally critical.

Each soldier and marine today is also aware that vast changes have taken place in casualty care since World War II, and that his chance of survival is much greater than his father's or uncle's was in World War II. This knowledge has been a tremendous morale factor among the men in Vietnam.

Assuming an open fracture, the casualty of World War II was treated in the field by the corpsman or medic, and carried to Battalion Aid Station (BAS) by litter, ambulance, or jeep. Here, first aid