The Navy-Marine Corps Combat Trauma Registry

Mil Med. 2006 Aug;171(8):691-7. doi: 10.7205/milmed.171.8.691.


The U.S. military services, drawing on the experiences of civilian trauma systems in monitoring trauma care delivery, have begun to implement their own registries, emphasizing injury incidence and severity in a combat environment. This article introduces and describes the development of the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Combat Trauma Registry and presents several preliminary inquiries of its database regarding combat injury patterns and casualty management during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Navy-Marine Corps Combat Trauma Registry is composed of data sets describing events that occur from the point of injury through the medical chain of evacuation and on to long-term rehabilitative outcomes. Data were collected from Navy-Marine Corps level 1B, 2, and 3 medical treatment facilities. Data from the official combat period were analyzed to present a variety of preliminary findings that indicate, among other things, how many and for what type of injury casualties were evacuated, specific mechanisms of injury, and types of injuries treated at the medical treatment facilities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Database Management Systems*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Iraq
  • Medical Informatics / methods*
  • Military Medicine / statistics & numerical data*
  • Military Personnel / statistics & numerical data*
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Registries*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Warfare*
  • Wounds and Injuries / classification
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*