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Health Readiness

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight is the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) for all medically related Department of Defense policies, programs, and activities. The office is responsible for deployment medicine, force health protection, medical readiness, international health agreements, deployment related health policy, theater information systems, humanitarian and health missions, and national disaster support.

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First cold storage platelet unit collected in Southwest Asia

Article
9/15/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Flannigan, NCO in charge of the apheresis element with the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group, monitors the Trima Accel Automated Blood Collection System machine used to obtain blood platelets from donors at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Apheresis element Airmen are tasked with collecting and storing platelet products and providing them for distribution throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti)

It is likely that cold storage platelets, a method developed by the military, will eventually be the standard practice around the world for handling and shipping platelets

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Freeze-dried plasma saves life

Article
9/13/2017
Navy corpsmen apply first aid to a training manikin during a training exercise. Since December 2016, every MARSOC special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman deploys with a supply of freeze-dried plasma and the experience to administer it. By October 2017, every MARSOC unit deployed will be outfitted with FDP. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Young)

Freeze-dried plasma is a dehydrated version of plasma that replaces the clotting factors lost in blood

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The importance of sleep - you lose if you don't snooze

Article
9/6/2017
It's no secret that military service often results in periods of decreased sleep. Service members need to use what opportunity they have to get good sleep. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mark Burrell)

Sleep is an important element of health and well-being just like nutrition and physical fitness

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H7N9: August 30, 2017

Report
8/30/2017

This is a biosurveillance summary of H7N9: August 30, 2017, as reported by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. As of 30 August 2017, there have been 1,788 (+4) cases of Avian Influenza A (H7N9) since the first two cases were reported in February 2013. Read more:

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Training, technological synergy likely the key to future battlefield care scenarios

Article
8/30/2017
Soldiers from the 15th Brigade Support Battalion out of Fort Hood, Texas, provide treatment to the "wounded" during a mass casualty exercise, March 2, 2015. The training, taking place on Fort Irwin, California, is part of a National Training Center rotation scenario testing their ability to perform under a simulated combat environment. (Photo Credit: G. A. Volb)

Universal interoperability among technological devices and the development of an on-demand, on-call marketplace for continuous communication regardless of location key for prolonged care on the battlefield

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From the classroom to the fight: Preparing for surgical care on the battlefield

Article
8/30/2017
Bringing expeditionary resuscitation and surgical teams directly to the battlefield reduces time and distance, increasing chances for survival. Made up of experienced surgeons, physicians, and nurses with specialties ranging from general surgery to emergency room care, the teams are equipped to provide crucial surgery procedures out in the field. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier)

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Zika in the Americas: August 16, 2017

Report
8/16/2017

This is a biosurveillance summary of Zika Virus: August 16, 2017, as reported by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. As of 16 August 2017, there have been 175 cases Zika virus in Military Health System beneficiaries since January 2016. Read more:

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Health Services Headquarters Marine Corps

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8/10/2017

Defense Health Board briefing about the Health Services Headquarters Marine Corps

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United States Transportation Command

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8/10/2017

Defense Health Briefing about the United States Transportation Command

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Improving Defense Health Program Medical Research Processes

Report
8/8/2017

A report from the Defense Health Board (DHB) that summarizes the findings and recommendations from its independent review of Improving Defense Health Program (DHP) Medical Research Processes.

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H7N9: August 2, 2017

Report
8/2/2017

This is a biosurveillance summary of Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Surveillance #80: August 2, 2017, as reported by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. As of 2 AUG, the total influenza A (H7N9) human case count since the fifth seasonal epidemic of H7N9 began on 1 OCT 2016 is 922 (+3) cases with at least 282 (+23) deaths.

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Global Influenza Summary: July 30, 2017

Report
7/30/2017

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Pacific Angel exercise in Fiji focuses on exchanges of expertise

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7/19/2017
Sergeant Natoga Anitelu, left, a medical services technician with Fiji's military forces, discusses the best ways to clear an infant's airway with U.S. Air Force Capt. (Dr.) Paola Rosa, center, and U.S. Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Scott Stewart, right, during a subject-matter-expert exchange as part of exercise Pacific Angel 17-3 at a health care center in Ba, Fiji. (Air Force photo by Capt. Samantha Morrison)

Pacific Angel has multilateral international participants from across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region working together to assist local communities and improve capabilities among one another as one team

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Zika in the Americas: July 12, 2017

Report
7/12/2017

This is a biosurveillance summary of Zika in the Americas as of July 12, 2017. As of 1300 on 12 JUL 2017, there have been 175 (+1) confirmed Zika virus (ZIKV) disease cases (see table) since the first case was reported in JAN 2016.

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H7N9: July 6, 2017

Report
7/6/2017

This is a biosurveillance summary of Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Surveillance #77: July 6, 2017, as reported by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. As of 6 JUL, the total influenza A (H7N9) human case count since the fifth seasonal epidemic of H7N9 began on 1 OCT 2016 is 919 (+13) cases with at least 269 deaths. Read more:

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