|LTC James, SPC Nguyen, SSG Penn, and SPC Thomas|
|SPC Nguyen assists 2 surgeons (LTC Koutlas and MAJ Jordan) simultaneously|
Not all casualties need to go to the operating room. Sometimes, minor wounds are cared for in ATLS or the ICU. The OR is reserved for serious injuries that cannot wait for the flight to a combat support hospital. We basically stop bleeding, apply external fixation to broken bones, shunt vascular disruptions, and stabilize the patient for transport to a level 3 facility.
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