Death On the Battlefield: 100% Preventable

Abby Zimet

An unpublished study from the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research,  based on facts and figures presented by Col. Eastridge to the Defense Health Board, finds that almost a quarter of 4,596 combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan were medically preventable - that is, 1 in 4 were "potentially survivable" if there had been improvements in medical care or equipment. Many of us would respond to these already appalling numbers with another bitter fact: Maybe 25% medically preventable, but 100% politically preventable.


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