How World War I’s Medical Treatment Changed Warefare By Walter Kroll and Brandon Montanez

How World War 1 changed warfare?

World War 1 changed warfare because of the medical treatment they used. My topic is how World War 1’s medical treatment changed warfare.

The WW1 medical evacuation pathway for wounded soldiers was complex and sophisticated

The medical treatment would help warfare because it would allow for more medicine to be created. They would first take the wounded person on Stretcher Bearers. After that they would go to a Regimental aid post, then to a Motor ambulance. Next they would be brought to a Casualty clearing center. Finally they would go to a Hospital train and lastly a Base hospital. This changed warfare because it allowed for better medical treatment to wounded soldiers.

New types of weapon inflicted new types of injury

In 1916 80% of soldiers who had a broken femur, would die. Then after the War kept going the 80% of people who died lived instead. Ever since World War 1 some medics would be put onto the battle field for more convenient healing. The big improvements in medical treatment that we used in World War 1, and are still used today are, Shock treatment, containing infection, post-traumatic stress disorder, and wound treatment.

“From January 1915 the British military medical machine moved closer to the front line. Casualty clearing stations were now better equipped and, crucially, more surgeons were closer to the battlefield. There were now fewer delays in administering potentially life-saving treatment. Soldiers with wounds that would have been fatal were now more likely to survive.” That quote showed how the speed of treatment improved.

The doctor sodium citrate to prevent the blood from coagulation and becoming unusable. They would keep blood on ice for 28 days, then transported to the casualty clearing stations to use in life saving surgery. The antibiotics they used were to either fight the pain or to disinfect the wound.

In conclusion World War 1 changed warfare because of the advancements they made to make medicine more effective. So in World War 1 they used portable blood transfer kits to donate and exchange blood for people. They would use blood transfusion with a wounded soldier and an Army doctor to heal the patient. Now today we still have portable blood transfer kits, and they are called saline bags.

Written by: Walter Kroll and Brandon Montanez


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