Medical Risk in the Future Force Unit of Action

Results of the Army Medical Department Transformation Workshop IV

by David E. Johnson, Gary Cecchine


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This report describes the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Transformation Workshop (ATW) IV, conducted at the RAND Corporation Washington Office in February 2004, and it includes an analysis and discussion of the workshop results. This workshop continued the assessment, begun in ATWs I-III, of the medical risks associated with emerging Army operational concepts and the capacity of the AMEDD to mitigate these risks. The principal purpose of ATW IV was to begin the process of providing casualty demand estimates that will need to be addressed by the health service support system at echelons above the Unit of Action (UA). AMEDD subject matter experts supported the workshop and examined the ability of an envisioned UA medical structure to support Future Force combat operations in a 12-hour combat simulation provided by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. The results of the workshop will provide information valuable in designing the medical system above the UA level.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction and Background

  • Chapter Two

    AMEDD Transformation Workshop IV Design

  • Chapter Three

    Workshop Results

  • Chapter Four

    Observations and Conclusions

  • Appendix A

    ATW IV Participants

  • Appendix B

    ATW IV Participant Positions, Roles, and Responsibilities

  • Appendix C

    Scenario, ATW IV

  • Appendix D

    Medical Technologies Employed in ATW IV

  • Appendix E

    Casualty Tracking Worksheet Excerpt

  • Appendix F

    Trauma Registry Form

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