Jonathan Woodson Military Health System
Jonathan Woodson, left, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, discusses the evolution of military medical care and benefits of the adaptive sport program with Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brandie Wills, host of DoD News’ Adaptive Warrior broadcast, at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 28, 2014. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.)

Jonathan Woodson Talks Advancements in Military Health System

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson says health system 'has always advanced medical care through periods of war.'

Jonathan Woodson, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, advancements in military medicine on the live broadcast show, “Adaptive Warrior.”

Woodson discussed how medicine and treatment in the field has evolved over the last several decades.

According to a DoD release:

The forward surgical teams, he said, are distributed very close to the action to provide resuscitative care to the combat support facilities in theater that now bring all of the sophistication of any hospital in the United States to the front lines.

Woodson also noted in-theater strategy has been “enhanced” by the joint theater trauma system, which has taken all of the data and analyzed all of the cases of the ill and injured and rapidly turned that over into improved patient outcomes.

“Through the transport phase on the battlefield, we now have critical care medics that accompany many of these medical evacuation flights to the resuscitation teams that are on the battlefield,” Woodson said in a statement.

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