Over the past year, the military removed around 9,000 service members from combat for short evaluations, looking for signs of brain injury when no obvious wounds were present. Most were all right, but those with symptoms of dizziness, headaches and difficulty processing thoughts authorities kept out of combat until their symptoms subsided.
The new rule states that troops caught within about 165 feet of a blast must be pulled from combat for 24 hours and examined for signs of concussion.
Pentagon health official Michael Kilpatrick said prior to the policy, service members would likely have stayed in the fight because it was common practice to try to shake off the effects of a blast and keep fighting.
This go-to attitude can lead to further damage. According to research, a second blow to an already injured brain can make the brain damage permanent.
It is encouraging that the old way of doing thing is giving way to a more sensible policy supported by scientific evidence. U.S. service members deserve the most informed medical policies we can provide.
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