Defense Department Invests in ‘Hibernation Drugs’ to Save Soldiers’ Lives

The Defense Department is working to develop a battlefield “hibernation” procedure for wounded troops so that the critical element of time can be mitigated to the advantage of the soldier.

According to the Washington Times, the Pentagon is working with Dr. Geoffrey Dobson, an Australian researcher with Queensland’s James Cook University and the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine to develop hibernation “drugs” that are capable of essentially rewiring “the body’s natural response to trauma so that deployed troops have enough time to get their injured comrades to medical attention.”

Time was killer for nearly 1,000 allied troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

“During the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 87 percent of all deaths among allied soldiers occurred in the first 30 minutes, before they could get to a hospital,” Dr. Dobson said during an interview with an Australian news website in recent days.

“Nearly a quarter of these, almost a thousand people, were classified as having potentially survivable wounds. Time was the killer,” he said. “The idea of our research is to save that thousand lives.”