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Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

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Fire Safety

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11/21/2022
Fire Safety

#beforeyoustartbesafetysmart #learnhownot2burn There’s nothing cozier than spending time next using a fireplace, furnace, or heater to keep warm as the weather turns colder. But they do present certain safety hazards.

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Injury Prevention - Occupational Health Series (Air Force)

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Occupational Health Series (Air Force)

“Health care workers have one of the highest rates of workplace injuries, like blood-borne pathogens, respiratory hazards, injuries from moving patients, and many others. Learn more: https://health.mil/News/Articles/2021/10/15/Top-Medical-Workplace-Injuries-And-Some-Tips-to-Prevent-Them?type=All #PreventInjury”

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Injury Prevention - Hearing Protection

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Hearing Protection

“Protect your hearing anytime you are in loud environments. Always wear recommended safety equipment to protect your hearing, whether you’re at work or at play. https://hearing.health.mil/Prevention/Hearing-Protection-Devices #PreventInjury”

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Injury Prevention - Physical Training

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Physical Training

“Physical training is a vital part of military life and helps each service member maintain readiness and reach peak performance. One way to avoid PT injuries is to mix up the types of intensity of exercises to avoid overtraining and overworking a muscle group. https://www.hprc-online.org/physical-fitness/injury-prevention/what-overtraining #PreventInjury”

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Injury Prevention - Occupational Health Series (Army)

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Occupational Health Series (Army)

“Healthcare workers have one of the highest rates of workplace injuries, like blood-borne pathogens, respiratory hazards, injuries from moving patients, and many others. Learn more: https://health.mil/News/Articles/2021/10/15/Top-Medical-Workplace-Injuries-And-Some-Tips-to-Prevent-Them?type=All #PreventInjury”

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Injury Prevention - Repetitive Stress

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Repetitive Stress

“DYK? Running is the #1 cause of musculoskeletal injuries in service members, contributing to more than half of lost duty days due to injury. #PreventInjury www.health.mil/injuryprevention"

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Injury Prevention - Listen Up, Watch Out III

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Listen Up, Watch Out III

“Service members are routinely exposed to sensory hazards during training and combat operations. Degraded hearing or vision can impact your mission fitness and safety. Protect your eyes and ears by wearing the right protective equipment for your mission, and get regular hearing and vision checkups to stay mission ready. https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Total-Force-Fitness/Preventive-Health/Vision-and-Hearing-Loss-Prevention #PreventInjury”

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Injury Prevention - Listen Up, Watch Out

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Listen Up, Watch Out

“Service members can be exposed to a range of environmental hazards during training, deployment, and other missions. Stay alert to hazards and wear proper protective equipment to help prevent injuries to your eyes and ears. https://hearing.health.mil/Prevention/Hearing-Protection-Devices https://vce.health.mil/Eye-Injury-Prevention-and-Response/Eye-Protection #PreventInjury”

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Injury Prevention - Stretching

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Stretching

“DYK? Dynamic warm-ups and stretching are most effective at preparing your body to exercise. “Cold” or “static” stretching can actually increase injury risk. Check out this Air Force article on proper stretching: https://www.keesler.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/361999/stretching-is-key-to-effective-exercise-program/ #PreventInjury”

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Injury Prevention - Recreation and Sports

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Recreation and Sports

Service members use sports and recreation to stay fit, blow off steam, and build friendships. Minimize injury during those activities to stay fit for duty by warming up smart, listening to your body, and hydrating. Learn more at: https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/discond/ptsaip/Pages/Sports-and-Physical-Training-Injuries.aspx #PreventInjury”

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Injury Prevention - Mental and Physical Recovery

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Mental and Physical Recovery

“Recovering from a serious injury can take a physical and mental toll. Injuries can damage your body and your mind, and depression and anxiety are often associated with recovery from serious injury. Learn more about the mental aspects of recovery: https://www.hprc-online.org/physical-fitness/injury-prevention/mental-fitness-affects-injury-recovery #PreventInjury”

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Injury Prevention - Occupational Health Series (Navy)

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Occupational Health Series (Navy)

“Health care workers have one of the highest rates of workplace injuries, like blood-borne pathogens, respiratory hazards, injuries from moving patients, and many others. Learn more: https://health.mil/News/Articles/2021/10/15/Top-Medical-Workplace-Injuries-And-Some-Tips-to-Prevent-Them?type=All #PreventInjury”

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Injury Prevention - Recovery Program

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Recovery Program

“Not every injury is preventable. If you get injured, it’s important to see a health professional and follow their advice to recover and return to fitness, as soon as possible! https://www.hprc-online.org/physical-fitness/rx3 #PreventInjury”

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Injury Prevention - Listen Up, Watch Out II

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Listen Up, Watch Out II

“DYK? More than 40% of eye injuries each year are related to sports or recreational activities, and nearly 50% of hearing loss in people age 12-35 is caused by recreational noise like music. When you’re off-duty, be sure to wear the right protective gear for different types of activities to prevent vision and hearing injury. https://vce.health.mil/Eye-Injury-Prevention-and-Response https://hearing.health.mil/Prevention/Preventing-Noise-Induced-Hearing-Loss #PreventInjury”

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Injury Prevention - Injury Accumulation

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11/17/2022
Injury Prevention - Injury Accumulation

“The biggest risk factor for a musculoskeletal injury is a previous musculoskeletal injury. Get small injuries treated before they become major ones! https://www.militaryonesource.mil/health-wellness/healthy-living/fitness-nutrition-active-living/preventing-injuries-in-military-training/ #PreventInjury”

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