From the 'International Herald Tribune'
WASHINGTON: In Iraq, wounded American troops are treated at a well-equipped field hospital within one hour, regardless of where they were fighting or how bad the battle.
In Afghanistan, with its rugged terrain, their comrades are not so fortunate. Some wounded troops there do not receive advanced trauma care for almost two hours, lessening the chances of survival and rapid recovery.
Now, Robert Gates, the defense secretary, is trying to address the imbalance, directing the military to send more helicopters and a fourth field hospital to Afghanistan to guarantee that wounded Americans in Afghanistan are treated within what the military calls "the golden hour."
The order is Gates's latest foray into a Pentagon bureaucracy that he has complained is sometimes too slow to respond to the needs of the troops. It comes as the Obama administrati
In: Iraq, Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: wounded American troops, Iraq, field hospital, Robert Gates, the golden hour, medical evacuation, mine-resistant troop vehicles
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