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10 Important Facts About Army Medical Training

Battle Injuries

Combat medic training focuses on techniques to stop bleeding from injuries, apply splints and tourniquets, bandage wounds, start an intravenous line and evacuate soldiers in the event of an emergency [sources: Koyle; Coltharp].

Combat medics must also be trained to understand field sanitation and the most efficient ways of transporting the wounded to facilities with more resources and experts.

Knowledge of trauma, shrapnel and bullet injuries is also necessary, especially considering the short amount of time medics have to stabilize a patient or stop bleeding.

Army medics must receive training to assess patients' conditions within a framework called triage. This usually consists of medical staff surveying and examining injuries among a group of patients and prioritizing which ones should receive medical care first.

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