Preparedness on highest! DRDO Scientists come up with a range of ‘Combat Drugs’ to reduce casualties

NewsBharati    11-Mar-2019

New Delhi, Mar 11: India is one of the most aggressive nations who fight against terrorism. After Pulwama attack, the answer given by India is appreciated on the international level. So to reduce the casualties in such events, DRDO Scientists introduced a new range of “Combat casualty Drugs” that can extend the global hour till the trooper is shifted to hospital.

With 90% of gravely wounded security personnel succumbing to injuries within a few hours, to reduce this issue, DRDO comes up with drugs. These drug spectrum includes bleeding wound sealants, super absorptive dressings, and glycerinated salines, all of which can save lives in the event of warfare in the jungle and high altitude areas as well as in terror attacks.

DRDO Scientists citing February 14 Pulwama terror attack, they said, the medicines could have brought down the death poll.

According to developers of the drugs at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, a laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, chances of survival and minimum disability are highest when effective first aid care is given within the golden hour.

Scientists at INMAS, entrusted with research and development in a number of areas concerning the defense sector, said the main battlefield emergencies are excess bleeding, sepsis, shock, hypovolemia (decreased blood volume) and pain.

A.K.Singh, Director General said, DRDO’s indigenously made medicines will be a boon for paramilitary and defense personnel during warfare. He said, “These medicines will ensure that our brave soldiers do not suffer from unwanted blood loss while being taken to better healthcare from war zones”.

Experts of DRDO said The challenges are many. There are only one medical person and limited equipment to take care of soldiers during combat in most cases. This is compounded by battlefield conditions such as forests, hilly terrain, and inaccessibility of vehicles.

INMAS has similarly developed a special medicated dressing material which is 200 times more absorptive than normal dressings during bleeding wounds. “The Ministry of Home Affairs has recommended the cost-effective drugs to be inducted into their paramilitary forces while efforts are on with other forces for induction.

an official statement said, “A safe and effective alternative method for managing infected wounds is by using a more non-traditional cleansing agent. While the use of HOCL does not obviate the need for an antibiotic, it augments treatment and speed of wounds healing. Undesirable side effects and antibiotics resistance gets reduced,”

INMAS scientists also discovered a new route for administering the Nalbuphine injection to reduce pain during mutilating war injuries.

The scientists have discovered that 10 mg injection of Nalbuphine hydrochloride is more effective for an injured trooper if it is given through the submental/sublingual route instead of intramuscular or intravenous route.