Russia is suffering great material losses in Ukraine, but also human ones: thousands of soldiers have been killed or wounded in the 14 months of conflict. However, many of these casualties could be avoided if they had better medical services, according to Artem Katulin, head of the Russian Training Center for Tactical Medicine, in an interview with the media in this country.
According to Katulin, more than half of the deaths among the military in the Russian invasion forces are not due to life-threatening injuries; many amputationsfor example, are caused by the incorrect application of a tourniquet.
“Today’s statistics are sad: more than 30% of amputations are due to the incorrect application of a tourniquet, more than 50% of all deaths are from non-life-threatening injuries”said .
The main problems in the field of Russian medical care remain the low level of training in the field of first aid, as well as the impossibility of quickly transporting the injured to hospitals.
In addition to inadequate training of personnel in tactical medicine, another of the problems of the Russian army is the low quality of tactical first aid kits, which still include the archaic Esmarch tourniquet, but lack modern medical equipment. Currently, according to the head of the training center, they are trying to correct the situation.
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The Ukrainian website Militarnyi reported that in Russia new first aid kits for the army are being developed. At a recent meeting under the auspices of the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation it was decided to revise the composition of the personnel first-aid kit.
Also Come Back Alive Foundation is raising funds for mobile tactical medicine education and training centers, which will help save the lives, in this case, of Ukrainian soldiers. The project, dubbed “Hugging You!”, plans to raise funds for that purpose. Together with a partner, the Foundation plans to deploy eight training and training centers for tactical medicine at training camps in the north, south, east, and west of Ukraine Each of them must be fully equipped with educational and specialized training equipment and training consumables.