Lifesaving Training

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Shea Butler, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Army is training soldiers in advanced life saving techniques as a way to bring critical care to the battlefield.

Two basic training bases have already started the program and the course will be added next month to other training camps.

Included in the teaching: how to start an I-V and help wounded comrades breathe through a tube.

The director of operations for the Army command which oversees training says the most critical part of the care of a wounded soldier is the first ten minutes.

Previously, only a few soldiers in each unit were trained in advanced lifesaving procedures. Most of the others received basic first aid techniques, like bandaging and performing C-P-R.

Officials say simple lifesaving techniques for gunshot wounds and injuries caused by improvised explosive devices could mean the difference between life and death or long-term injuries.

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