Hospitals: Battlefield Readiness

The wounds of the battlefield casualty often cry out for the most advanced skills of modern medicine. But the battlefield surgeon has always worked against forbidding odds. Aseptic surgery is practically impossible in a tent operating room of the sort that has gone almost unchanged for 100 years. The canvas is far from airtight, and temperature control is so bad that an infusion bottle might freeze and shatter in mid-operation. The lab work that is essential in today's medicine and surgery is usually out of the question.

Now all such problems can be relegated to the past. Last week at...

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