Wound infection continues to be a significant source of morbidity and mortality in the modern era of military healthcare. Victims of blast injury often suffer from multiple traumatic injuries; the mechanism, severity, and complexity of these injuries contribute to the risk for wound infection. Approximately one quarter of combat wounds become infected, which significantly impacts patient outcomes and healthcare costs. In response to this issue, the DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office (PCO) organized the 2016 International State-of-the-Science (SoS) Meeting on "Minimizing the Impact of Wound Infections Following Blast-Related Injuries" in Arlington, Virginia on November 29 – December 1, 2016.
The meeting participants were charged with answering the following questions during the working group sessions:
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