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Military Doctors Are Adapting Combat Tools to Fight COVID-19

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As of Monday, the Department of Defense has recorded 36,659 cases of COVID-19, with 960 hospitalizations and 56 deaths.

By    |   Wednesday, 29 July 2020 03:47 PM

The battle against COVID-19 has triggered unusual moves by the U.S. Military to adapt tools used for combat to help fight the disease. They’re using a tracking system that was developed to monitor and treat wounded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan called the Joint Trauma System, developed by the Defense Department, to improve readiness and provide optimum care for every soldier, sailor, airman or marine on the battlefield.

The system was developed in 2004, according to Military.com, to gather instant data on casualties, injuries and outcomes to find out what treatments worked or didn’t work in combat. The information is currently being used to determine the widespread use of effective treatments for COVID-19, said Dr. Paul Cordts, who is the chief medical officer at the Defense Health Agency.

As of Monday, the Department of Defense has recorded 36,659 cases of COVID-19, with 960 hospitalizations and 56 deaths. Because of the Joint Trauma System, information on every DoD patient is shared instantaneously and treatment can begin immediately, according to Military.com. Providers have been using remdesivir, as well as convalescent plasma and the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone, said Cordts.

The DoD has also supplied meditation and mindfulness apps to military personal and tips on preventing burnout. Another piece of equipment that’s proven to be effective in treating COVID-19 patients is the CAMIC, a $15 piece of PVC tubing that protects medical personnel during any procedure involving the head and neck of a patient. The CAMIC, which stands for “COVID-19 airway management isolation chamber,” was developed by a team of military medical personnel. It fits over the head of a patient prior to intubation or similar procedures and prevents medical staff against airborne droplets when COVID-19 patients exhale, cough, talk or sneeze. 

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