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Treating the U.S. war wounded: Keep them moving

The U.S. strategy for treating troops critically wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq runs counter to what's intuitive in civilian life: Get them to a hospital, get them stable, but then get them in the air.



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Senior Airman Steven North and Air Force Capt. Orlando Duran prepare an injured U.S. soldier for transport to Germany from the hospital at Bagram air base in Afghanistan. North and Duran are critical-care intensivists. They escort the troops and make sure each has a mounted tray full of equipment customized to his needs aboard the flight.

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U.S. strategy for treating troops wounded in Afghanistan, Iraq: Keep them moving
Article | AT BAGRAM AIR BASE, AFGHANISTAN Only the head and feet of Sgt. Diego Solorzano are visible outside his camouflage blanket and below the skyline of medical devices keeping him alive.

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