EMS: Advancing from the front line

EMS itself was really born in war, and the very first ambulances were seen on the battlefield.

There are two very different kinds of EMS: military and civilian. EMS itself was really born in war, and the very first ambulances were seen on the battlefield. Walt Disney himself worked on an early ambulance in WWII. Modern tactical medicine builds on this legacy.

EMS advances during times of war. We make enormous medical strides during each period of armed conflict, and the last ten years are no exception. Most of these advancements are focused on what kills soldiers: trauma. Tactical EMS in the civilian world has already adopted many of the techniques and technologies proven to work on the battlefield. Bleeding control is one area where we have made numerous advancements and learned some valuable recent lessons.
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About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I write about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for EMS1.com, on AmbulanceWorld.com and Multibriefs.com. I work for Intersurgical, Inc. managing EMS sales and distribution. I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002. Follow me @Paradan on Twitter
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