J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2020 05;88(5):686-695
From the Defense Health Agency (E.L.M., R.S.K., J.C.J., J.T.H., H.R.M., F.K.B., J.M.G., S.A.S.), Joint Trauma System, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Uniformed Services University (E.L.M., R.S.K., H.T.H., F.K.B., J.M.G., S.A.S.), Bethesda, Maryland; College of Medicine, Texas A&M University (R.S.K.), College Station, Texas; Defense Health Agency, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (E.L.M., H.T.H.), Dover Air Force Base, Delaware; United States Army Institute of Surgical Research (J.M.G.), Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Department of Surgery, University of Alabama (J.B.H.), Birmingham, Alabama; Department of Surgery, University of Texas (J.B.H., B.J.E.), San Antonio, Texas.
Background: Comprehensive analyses of battle-injured fatalities, incorporating a multidisciplinary process with a standardized lexicon, is necessary to elucidate opportunities for improvement (OFIs) to increase survivability.
Methods: A mortality review was conducted on United States Special Operations Command battle-injured fatalities who died from September 11, 2001, to September 10, 2018. Fatalities were analyzed by demographics, operational posture, mechanism of injury, cause of death, mechanism of death (MOD), classification of death, and injury severity. Read More