For soldiers deployed in the Afghanistan region, one of the deadliest combat injuries has been the traumatic pelvic wound. Unlike injuries to the arms or legs where a tourniquet can be applied, abdominal bleeding is difficult to control and can quickly become fatal.
A team of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars developed a solution – the abdominal aortic tourniquet (AAT). The device can be applied to the abdomen and inflated in mere seconds, even by a soldier with no medical training. By applying pressure to the abdominal aorta it cuts off blood flow to the pelvis.
So far, the AAT saved the life of an Afghan soldier, according to Stars and Stripes. The soldier suffered severe trauma to his legs and had no pulse until the AAT was applied, stopping the blood loss and improving his breathing. The AAT was also found to be useful for upper extremity wounds as it saved the life of a Birmingham, AL man who suffered a gunshot wound to his upper arm and major artery.
With new medical technology like the AAT being developed and implemented in combat situations, more lives are being saved. Unfortunately, even with these life-saving methods, many soldiers suffer long-term or permanently disabling conditions after combat injuries. Many severe combat injuries that result in traumatic pelvic wounds may cause severe damage to the internal organs. Servicemembers who recover from these injuries may experience gastrointestinal complications and require medical devices and long-term care.
Servicemembers medically or honorably discharged are often able to qualify for veterans disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Law Offices of Veterans Help Group are dedicated veterans’ disability attorneys to ensure all of our military men and women obtain the disability benefits they deserve. If you have received a denied application for benefits and wish to appeal the VA’s decision, contact us today – 1-855-855-8992.