An Analysis of Prehospital Trauma Registry After-Action Reviews in Afghanistan

Brandon M. Carius, Peter M. Dodge, Andrew D. Fisher, Paul E. Loos, Dominic Thompson, Steven G. Schauer

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BACKGROUND: After-action reviews (AARs) in the Prehospital Trauma Registry (PHTR) enable performance improvements and provide commanders feedback on care delivered at Role 1. No published data exist exploring overall trends of end-user performance-improvement feedback. METHODS: We performed an expert panel review of AARs within the PHTR in Afghanistan from January 2013 to September 2014. When possible, we categorized our findings and selected relevant medical provider comments. RESULTS: Of 737 registered patient encounters found, 592 (80%) had AAR documentation. Most AAR patients were male (98%, n = 578), injured by explosion (48%, n = 283), and categorized for urgent evacuation (64%, n = 377). Nearly two thirds of AARs stated areas needing improvement (64%, n = 376), while the remainder left the improvement section blank (23%, n = 139) or specified no improvements (13%, n = 76). The most frequently cited areas for improvement were medical knowledge (23%, n = 136), evacuation coordination (19%, n = 115), and first responder training (16%, n = 95). CONCLUSIONS: Our expert panel reviewed AARs within the PHTR and found substantial numbers of AARs without improvements recommended, which limits quality improvement capabilities. Our analysis supports previous calls for better documentation of medical care in the prehospital combat setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-53
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of special operations medicine : a peer reviewed journal for SOF medical professionals
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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