Saturday, October 31, 2009

Also Moving From Iraq To Afghanistan: Blood Platelets

Photo: A medevac crew cares for an injured soldier in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Patrick Barth / Corbis

From Time Magazine:

President Obama will meet with the Joint Chiefs of Staff Friday to debate the wisdom of sending up to 40,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. The meeting comes as the deadliest month for U.S. troops in eight years of war draws to a close — a spike in casualties that has already triggered a flow of precious reinforcements. The U.S. military has begun for the first time transferring from Iraq to Afghanistan pint-sized bags of platelets — the key blood component that encourages clotting and can prevent wounded soldiers from bleeding to death.

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My Comment: Professionals in the medical field are always calculating and projecting what would be the medical needs for certain zones and time periods. From the sound of it, these professionals are calculating that casualties in Afghanistan are going to be on the increase .... and soon.

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