New MC4 Digital System Helps

Injured-Soldier Tracking Go Paperless

 

By Shad West

Published October 17, 2007

 

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Soldiers from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) receive training on the new Medical Communications Combat Casualty Care system.

Photo courtesy of 19th Special Forces Group

Soldiers from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) receive training

on the new Medical Communications Combat Casualty Care system.

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — The 19th Special Forces Group is receiving training on a system that doctors say should make reporting field injuries more accurate.

Currently when a Soldier gets hurt in the field, a medic evaluates the injury and writes it on paper. The paper gets sent with the Soldier to the next destination, which could be anywhere from a triage area to a hospital, depending on the situation.

With the MC4 digital recording system, the clinic or hospital that will treat a wounded Soldier should have the injury information from the point of injury.

The system should also better prepare hospitals and clinics by giving them more detailed injury information before wounded soldiers arrive.

“MC4 will be the implementing technology that will offer deployed forces the full spectrum of force health protection," said Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley, Surgeon General and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command.