Administration proposes Prosthetic research funding cuts

  1. http://insurancenewsnet.com/article....dd0071eb778bc1
    reduce the va research budget by $2.7 million, to provide a total funding level of $411 million for medical and prosthetic research. the va research program provides important contributions to the larger medical community and is one of the department's key recruitment and retention tools.
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  3. by   Shamira Aizza
    Now you are using insurance industry news as another misguided resource?

    Gotta admit, didn't expect to see that bit of inconsistency coming.

    You do realize this alleged reduction is less than 1%?
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from Shamira Aizza
    Now you are using insurance industry news as another misguided resource?

    Gotta admit, didn't expect to see that bit of inconsistency coming.

    You do realize this alleged reduction is less than 1%?

    Excuse me. Is the purpose of this post to inform, educate, question, or present an opinion, or is it merely to irritate and demean those who disagree with your world view?

    'Nuff said.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I agree. Please keep demeaning tone out. Someone may actually understand your point better this way.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    I am so very glad medicine has advanced so injured soldies can be saved.
    This film was hard to watch. It also showed nurse and doctor heros. Truly heroic healthcare professionals.

    Baghdad-ER film
    "We spent two months in the Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad. It’s the main Army hospital, the most sophisticated facility that we have in Iraq. And when you're wounded and your life is on the line, that's where you're taken. And the Army gave us complete access. We were embedded, and I was really quite surprised when we got there that the army completely facilitated our access to the facility. They're extraordinarily proud of this facility. I've never seen doctors so dedicated. I've never seen miracles like this, and I've never seen horrors like this before." - Jon Alpert

    http://www.amazon.com/Baghdad-ER-HBO.../dp/B000G1R4V6
  7. by   pickledpepperRN
    CARING FOR THE WOUNDED
    Amputation rate for US troops twice that of past wars
    Doctors cite need for prosthetics as more lives saved


    US troops injured in Iraq have required limb amputations at twice the rate of past wars, and as many as 20 percent have suffered head and neck injuries that may require a lifetime of care, according to new data giving the clearest picture yet of the severity of battlefield wounds.

    The data are the grisly flip side of improvements in battlefield medicine that have saved many combatants who would have died in the past: Only 1 in 10 US troops injured in Iraq has died, the lowest rate of any war in US history.

    But those who survive have much more grievous wounds.

    Bulletproof Kevlar vests protect soldiers' bodies but not their limbs, as insurgent snipers and makeshift bombs tear off arms and legs and rip into faces and necks. More than half of those injured sustain wounds so serious they cannot return to duty, according to Pentagon statistics.

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/ar...t_wars?mode=PF
  8. by   sanctuary
    Quote from Shamira Aizza
    Now you are using insurance industry news as another misguided resource?

    Gotta admit, didn't expect to see that bit of inconsistency coming.

    You do realize this alleged reduction is less than 1%?

    The article clearly identifies the Democratic National Comittee as the source of the statistics, not the insurance consortium.
  9. by   sanctuary
    That said, I'm horrified and embarassed to see how this country is treating our injured vets.The National Geographic has an article in January's issue about a CSH unit, and the photo's are heart rending. It then follows 3 back to the states, and shows the early part of the rehabilitation. One was a triple amputee, with a heroic attitude. We should be giving those people all possible help. I was reading about a powder made of dried pigs' bladder that assists in re-growing finger tips. They should use it on every amputee, just to see what would happen.

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