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A Realistic Model for Catastrophic External Haemorrhage Training
  1. I Moorhouse1,
  2. A Thurgood1,
  3. A Thurgood1,
  4. N Walker1,2,
  5. B Cooper2,
  6. PF Mahoney1,2 and
  7. Colonel TJ Hodgetts, QHP, Honorary Professor of Emergency Medicine1,2
  1. 1Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
  2. 2UK Medical Group, Op HERRICK
  1. Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine, Institute of Research & Development, Birmingham Research Park, Vincent Drive, Birmingham B15 2SQ +44 121 415 8848 Prof.ADMEM{at}


External haemorrhage is a significant cause of combat morbidity and mortality. UK DMS have introduced topical haemostatic agents (HemCon®, QuikClot®) for use as an adjunct to control catastrophic external haemorrhage. Realistic training in new equipment is essential. A model is described that is simple, reproducible, valid, realistic and currently unique in its opportunity to train soldiers to deal with life-threatening external bleeding, without recourse to live animal training. The model has been used successfully to train UK DMS medics, nurses and doctors in Afghanistan.

  • Catastrophic
  • haemorrhage
  • training
  • simulator
  • trauma

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