Defense: Medical experts advocate lessons from the Ukraine war

Defense: Medical experts advocate lessons from the Ukraine war

Medical officers in the Bundeswehr are systematically monitoring developments in the Ukraine war – and have gained remarkable insights.

Medical experts from the Bundeswehr advocate far-reaching conclusions from a systematic analysis of the course of the war in Ukraine so far. To do this, more armored and larger rescue vehicles and even hospital trains would have to be procured, the conditions for first aid on the battlefield would have to be improved and cooperation with civilian health services in Germany would have to be expanded. This becomes clear in a study available to the German Press Agency. It also states that “the required needs must now be implemented urgently and without further delay”.

Planning in Germany is based on being able to transport two thirds of patients by road and one third by air. Trains don’t matter. In Ukraine, however, almost two thirds of the wounded are brought to safe treatment by rail and a third by road. The air route is the absolute and dangerous exception because Ukraine has no air superiority.

It can already be seen today that in the Bundeswehr there is a lack of large-capacity transport for high volumes of patients and that significantly more transport capacity is needed to cope with the expected number of patients. For example, medical buses are required. And: “As a result, rail-based transfers with hospital trains are particularly important over longer distances.”

For the investigation, the Bundeswehr Medical Service Command systematically evaluated images and information from Ukraine and held discussions with Ukrainian medical personnel. The injury patterns are determined by the effects of explosions, shrapnel, burns and chemical wounds.

Source: Stern

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