Title

Military Preventable Death Conceptual Framework: A Systematic Approach for Reducing Battlefield Mortality.

Publication/Presentation Date

9-1-2018

Abstract

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report on Zero Preventable Deaths highlighted the need for a military and civilian partnership to take lessons learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and incorporate them into a national learning trauma care system. One of the specific objectives in the report was to establish military preventable death metrics. Upon further inspection, it became apparent that the Department of Defense did not have an established methodology to reliably estimate and report preventable death metrics and opportunities to improve the military trauma care system. Over the last year, clinical and non-clinical subject matter experts from the Joint Trauma System and Armed Forces Medical Examiners System began the process of establishing a standard military preventable death review process to meet the objective outlined in the report. Based on an assessment to understand methodological best practices for preventable death reviews, this manuscript presents the conceptual framework that is guiding our effort to establish the first ever battle-related mortality surveillance system with preventable death metrics and opportunities to improve the trauma care system.

Volume

183

Issue

suppl_2

First Page

15

Last Page

23

ISSN

1930-613X

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

PubMedID

30189080

Department(s)

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Document Type

Article

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