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Behind Enemy Lines

When a soldier is wounded in enemy territory, his or her life is not the only one at risk. Those who must evacuate their comrade also face enemy fire. Now, Ynet News' Yoav Zitun reports, the IDF will treat their wounded behind enemy lines, in order to lessen the risk to evacuating helicopters as well as the delays that come with evacuating those in need of immediate medical care:

The IDF is embarking on a new strategy that will see medics provide emergency treatment to wounded soldiers inside enemy territory, in a bid to mitigate exposure of Israel Air Force (IAF) rescue helicopters to enemy fire and cut out delays caused by transporting soldiers back to Israel.

Field surgeries as well as other life-saving procedures will be held in behind enemy lines prior to the evacuation of the wounded to hospitals in Israel...

The Medical Corps data shows that 90 percent of severely wounded soldiers can be saved if their bleeding is stopped at an early stage.

To this end, more nurses will be trained as a part of an academic reserve training course as of next october. Doctors and paramedics, alongside nurses from the new program, are to be trained as a front line medical team of combatants who will serve in each battalion...

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