The Combat Casualty Care Program brings together world-class scientists, clinicians, and engineers from the University of Michigan, and pairs them with industry partners and entrepreneurs to develop and deploy cutting-edge solutions that elevate the care, outcomes, and quality of life of critically injured warriors.
Wartime medicine is an incredibly challenging setting for those who practice it. Not only are the injuries frequently serious, but the tools at hand are often more limited than in a traditional hospital. Over time, that has meant that medical personnel have had to innovate. These innovations, in turn, often serve to refine medical practices beyond the military. The University of Michigan not only uses these innovations today, but continues to play a significant role in developing these and other technologies that will be used to save lives on the battlefield and at home.
Two critical differences face the wounded warrior in battle compared to the injured civilian at home. First, injuries produced by high velocity munitions and explosions can result in multiple amputations and traumatic brain injuries that are not commonly experienced off the battlefield. Second, there is no “Golden Hour”. This concept practiced by the civilian trauma community holds that trauma victims have the best chance of survival if they receive care at a definitive trauma center within one hour of injury. However, in battle, rapid care and transport to a definitive surgical facility cannot be guaranteed.