Pioneering New ‘Life-Support System’ Could Save Limbs Of Injured Soldiers

A pioneering new technique could help save soldiers’ limbs after battlefield injuries, reducing the need for amputations.

Described as a “life-support system for the limb” it provides more time for doctors to attempt to repair the damaged area.

The technique was developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and funded by The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) through the Defence and Security Accelerator.

It was created in response to the traumatic injuries sustained by military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where improvised explosive devices were used (IEDs).

IEDs have been the main killer of NATO troops in Afghanistan, and since 2001, 291 British soldiers have had amputations as a result of injuries during the conflict.

The technique works in three stages and can be used as a kit in the field and provides highly-specialised solutions once the patient is evacuated to a hospital.

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