Medics doing more with less try to stretch the golden hour

Sgt. 1st Class Joey Hernandez, lead instructor of the ECM program, discussed the reasons behind the creation of the program. "We addressed a gap that has been identified in the ability to provide prolonged patient holding at the point of injury to about the Role 1 and Role 2 setting … We got very comfortable with those predictable medical evacuation rings, and the golden hour was kind of the rule," he said, noting that changes in warfare over the past decade do not guarantee that injured Soldiers will be able to be medically evacuated within that hour timeframe.


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