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Drones will search the battlefield for wounded soldiers and officers. The Defense Ministry plans to strengthen army medical units with drones, sources in the military department told Izvestia. Also, this special equipment can be used during the elimination of the consequences of man-made disasters or natural disasters. The novelties will be included in the special purpose medical units, as well as individual medical units. In the future, drones will not only find victims, but also deliver medicines and medical equipment under enemy fire. Experts note that drones can provide assistance not only in wartime, but also in peacetime, which will save lives.

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Sources in the military department told Izvestia that the decision to create unmanned aerial vehicles is currently being worked out. It is planned that they will include not only classic UAVs, but also quadrocopters. As part of this work, the first exercises with medical UAVs have already been carried out. The task of the drones will be to search for the wounded and deliver small cargoes with medicines. It is expected that they will help military doctors not only in battle, but also during the elimination of the consequences of natural disasters and man-made disasters.

According to the interlocutors of the publication, the drone units will primarily receive special purpose medical units (MOSN), as well as separate medical battalions and companies. MOSN are independent structures within the district or the fleet, which include surgical operating rooms, dressing rooms, field kitchens and baths, as well as tents for living and deploying wards for the wounded and sick. The strength of each detachment is about 200 servicemen. Highly qualified doctors serve here – for example, during the recent military conflict, they provided assistance to the residents of Nagorno-Karabakh.

MOSN is actively involved in large army exercises. As the Ministry of Defense has already reported, during the recent bilateral maneuvers of the Southern Military District, the UAVs helped the personnel of the medical detachment of the Black Sea Fleet in search of the wounded on the battlefield. Previously, drones were also used by military doctors – for example, unmanned aircraft delivered medicines and medicines to hard-to-reach areas of the Far North.

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Separate medbatalions and companies are part of divisions and brigades. In peacetime, they provide assistance to soldiers and officers. In the event of the outbreak of hostilities, the flow of wounded from the front line will first go to the doctors of these units, and the lives of servicemen will depend on the quality of their work.

– Timely evacuation of the wounded or injured is important. In the conditions of hostilities, it is far from always possible to get to know the terrain well, where it is difficult to unfold this or that operation. Here, the help of drones will be indispensable. They will help you find the injured person, assess the accessibility of the area and determine what medical supplies may be needed. Thanks to them, it is possible to determine the evacuation routes, their safety, as well as the time that will be spent on the road, ”military expert Oleg Zheltonozhko explained to Izvestia. – It is important that all this can be done in real time.

Time in the work of physicians is the most important factor, especially noted the interlocutor of the editorial office. In case of serious injuries or injuries, the question of life and death depends on how quickly the fighter is provided with qualified medical assistance.

“Also, drones will come in handy when delivering small but critical cargo,” the expert continued. “With their help, it is possible to send certain medicines or medical instruments from the battalion to the company first-aid post, without overloading the personnel with messenger work. As a rule, such drones are universal – a video camera is mounted on them, which at the right time is changed to a special cargo container.

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In peacetime, drones will be indispensable in emergencies. They will help you assess the scale of the disaster, delineate the area you need, and find people in it who need help. If necessary, they will be able to deliver the most necessary medicines and dressings, he said.

Specialist doctors

Among the tasks performed by the doctors of the Ministry of Education and Science are the first medical aid, temporary hospitalization and preparation of the wounded or injured for evacuation to inpatient medical facilities. In the foci of infection, they examine the admitted, identifying carriers of infectious diseases, and take the necessary measures to stop the spread of pathogens.

The team consists of surgeons, anesthesiologists, specialists in the treatment of burns and infectious diseases and other medical specialists. In addition, the detachment includes psychiatric and neurological doctors who work with victims and their loved ones. For service in the medical special forces, the best personnel are selected from hospitals and sanitary battalions. In difficult cases, modern means of communication and equipment make it possible to collect consultations in real time via satellite for consultations with colleagues from other medical institutions.

There are separate medical battalions in each regiment of the division and in brigades. During hostilities, it will sort the wounded and decide who needs to be evacuated to the rear, and who should be provided with medical assistance on the spot. Its doctors can perform complex surgeries – staff and equipment make it possible to form full-fledged surgical teams.

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Such work requires a lot of endurance and the highest professional skill. In the event of hostilities, military medics have to provide assistance, including under enemy fire.

Military doctors in peacetime came to the aid of the Russians more than once. Last year, the military department built 16 multifunctional medical centers in 15 regions of the country to provide assistance to those infected with coronavirus infection. In July 2021, the Ministry of Defense reported that military doctors in Khakassia received 70 patients with COVID-19 from civilian colleagues. For this mobile hospital of the Central Military District was deployed on the basis of the rehabilitation center. A. Lebed in the city of Chernogorsk.

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