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2022 Sep 13

Mil Med

Patterns of Palliation: A Review of Casualties That Received Pain Management Before Reaching Role 2 in Afghanistan.


Hudson IL, Staudt AM, Burgess M, Hinojosa-Laborde C, Schauer SG, Newberry RK, Ryan KL, VanFosson CA
Mil Med. 2022 Sep 13.
PMID: 36099060.


Battlefield pain management changed markedly during the first 20 years of the Global War on Terror. Morphine, long the mainstay of combat analgesia, diminished in favor of fentanyl and ketamine for military pain control, but the options are not hemodynamically or psychologically equivalent. Understanding patterns of prehospital analgesia may reveal further opportunities for combat casualty care improvement.