The Role I Resuscitation Team and Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta

J Spec Oper Med. 2017 Summer;17(2):65-73. doi: 10.55460/ME32-0LIR.


The medical advancements made during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in an unprecedented survival rate, yet there is still a significant number of deaths that were potentially survivable. Additionally, the ability to deliver casualties to definitive surgical care within the "golden hour" is diminishing in many areas of conflict. Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) has been implemented successfully in the hospital setting. REBOA may be a possible adjunct for the Role I and point-of-injury (POI) care to provide temporary control of noncompressible torso hemorrhage (NCTH) and junctional hemorrhage. Here the authors advocate for the development of the Role I Resuscitation Team (RT) and a training pathway to meet the challenge of the changing battlefield.

MeSH terms

  • Aorta*
  • Balloon Occlusion / methods*
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Endovascular Procedures
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Hemorrhage / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team
  • Resuscitation / education
  • Resuscitation / methods*
  • Torso / injuries
  • War-Related Injuries / therapy*