Battlefield lessons transform U.S. emergency care

March 29, 2015 2:33 PM

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (Reuters) - Paramedic Dean Elliott rummaged through the ambulance's emergency kit and pulled out a pint-sized red power drill, a tool whose use was honed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The drill allows high-speed insertion of a needle directly into a bone's marrow to give a patient intravenous fluids when life-saving seconds count, said Elliott, a lieutenant with the Montgomery County, Maryland, Fire and Rescue Service.

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