A Case of Prehospital Traumatic Arrest in a US Special Operations Soldier: Care From Point of Injury to Full Recovery

J Spec Oper Med. 2016 fall;16(3):93-96. doi: 10.55460/69HW-YWF9.


During an assault on an extremely remote target, a US Special Operations Soldier sustained multiple gunshot and fragmentation wounds to the thorax, resulting in a traumatic arrest and subsequent survival. His care, including care under fire, tactical field care, tactical evacuation care, and Role III, IV, and V care, is presented. The case is used to illustrate the complex dynamics of Special Operations care on the modern battlefield and the exceptional outcomes possible when evidence-based medicine is taken to the warfighter with effective, farforward, expeditionary medical-force projection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Medical Services / methods*
  • Heart Arrest / etiology*
  • Heart Arrest / therapy*
  • Hemorrhage / therapy
  • Hemostatics / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Military Personnel*
  • Multiple Trauma / therapy
  • Thoracic Injuries / complications*
  • Thoracic Injuries / therapy*
  • Thoracotomy
  • Warfare*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / complications*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / therapy*


  • Hemostatics