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April Monthly Discussion

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For the month of April, HDIAC's focus area is Medical. With concussions and other traumatic brain injuries continuing to affect U.S. military personnel, brain injuries are a primary focus for research. HDIAC's original content for April features pieces on new diagnostics used in diagnosing these injuries. Use this space as a discussion board and post articles, videos or anything else regarding the medical focus area as it relates to the Department of Defense and the benefit of the warfighter.

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"Since hemorrhage is the leading cause of preventable death in combat casualties, Air Force Special Operations Command is improving access to blood products on the battlefield."

"Air Force Maj. Lauren Buck, 81st MSGS general surgeon, and her surgical team performed a robotic ventral hernia repair. Surgeons used the da Vinci Xi robot to perform the surgery which enhances their mobility and range of motion."

Highlight: Program Offers Holistic Recovery Tools to Soldiers with TBI 

"Brain injuries don't happen in isolation. They're often accompanied by chronic pain, or long-impacting injuries, or behavioral health concerns like post-traumatic stress. After all, whatever caused the brain injury -- an explosion, a vehicle accident, a fall -- also affects the rest of the person..."


"New eyeglasses might help warfighters get the sleep they need. Military Health System officials are working on tinting for lenses that can be worn an hour or two before bedtime, blocking the light that blocks the brain’s production of melatonin, the chemical that helps people sleep"

"If medical error could be classified as a disease, it would rank as the third deadliest disease in America. A medical error is a mistake by a medical provider which results in harm to a patient. For example, misdiagnosis of a condition or administering the improper dosage of a medicine."

Soldiers on the battlefield will soon use a new portable digital radiography system (PDRS) that is smaller, lighter, less expensive and more cyber-secure than previously fielded systems.