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Battlefield Medicine

"Battlefield Medicine" moves from the trauma wards of Camp Bastion field hospital in Afghanistan, to cutting edge medical research labs, to reveal the innovations that are shaping medical treatment in the 21st century. The program meets the medical pioneers behind procedures that have seen the survival rate amongst injured servicemen and women rise to 90 percent. Designed for the war zone, these developments are already making waves in emergency rooms, from spray-on skin cells to heal burns, to innovative surgical techniques like rebuilding damaged hands from scratch - using rib bones. Offering a fascinating insight into the remarkable working lives of medical professionals in extraordinary circumstances, "Battlefield Medicine" looks at how today's warfare is helping to create tomorrow's treatments.

Military medics outside Camp Bastion hospital receive a battlefield casualty, Afghanistan.

Military medics outside Camp Bastion hospital receive a battlefield casualty, Afghanistan.

Credit: Courtesy of Michael Mosley/©BBC 2011

Military medics outside Camp Bastion hospital receive a battlefield casualty.

Military medics outside Camp Bastion hospital receive a battlefield casualty.

Credit: Courtesy of Michael Mosley/©BBC 2011

Presenter Michael Mosley in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. The Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) Chinook helicopter is in the background. Camp Bastion is the headquarters for coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Presenter Michael Mosley in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. The Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) Chinook helicopter is in the background. Camp Bastion is the headquarters for coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Credit: Courtesy of Paul Overton/©BBC 2011

Surgeon Commander Dan Connor, Senior Consultant Anaesthetist at Camp Bastion hospital.

Surgeon Commander Dan Connor, Senior Consultant Anaesthetist at Camp Bastion hospital.

Credit: Courtesy of Michael Mosley/©BBC 2011

Michael Mosley holds pig bladder at Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, North Carolina. Part of this is used as a biological scaffold to regenerate muscle.

Michael Mosley holds pig bladder at Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, North Carolina. Part of this is used as a biological scaffold to regenerate muscle.

Credit: Courtesy of Blythe Tinker/©BBC 2011

Plastic Surgeon Commander Rory Rikkard operating on a patient in Camp Bastion field hospital in Afghanistan with presenter Michael Mosley on the right.

Plastic Surgeon Commander Rory Rikkard operating on a patient in Camp Bastion field hospital in Afghanistan with presenter Michael Mosley on the right.

Credit: Courtesy of Paul Overton/©BBC 2011

Presenter Michael Mosley with Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT). L to R: Flight Sergeant Sonia Darbyshire (Paramedic); Squadron Leader Charlie Thompson (Officer Commanding MERT); Presenter Michael Mosley; Sergeant Chris Bradshaw (Paramedic); Lieutenant Colonel Suzanne Brady (Doctor).

Presenter Michael Mosley with Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT). L to R: Flight Sergeant Sonia Darbyshire (Paramedic); Squadron Leader Charlie Thompson (Officer Commanding MERT); Presenter Michael Mosley; Sergeant Chris Bradshaw (Paramedic); Lieutenant Colonel Suzanne Brady (Doctor).

Credit: Courtesy of Paul Overton/©BBC 2011

Designer of bionic artificial limbs, Hugh Herr, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with presenter Michael Mosley.

Designer of bionic artificial limbs, Hugh Herr, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with presenter Michael Mosley.

Credit: Courtesy of Blythe Tinker/©BBC 2011

Designer of bionic artificial limbs, Hugh Herr, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Designer of bionic artificial limbs, Hugh Herr, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Credit: Courtesy of Blythe Tinker/©BBC 2011

Captain Bergan Flannigan at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, USA. She was injured in Afghanistan in February 2010 and is now undergoing rehabilitation.

Captain Bergan Flannigan at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, USA. She was injured in Afghanistan in February 2010 and is now undergoing rehabilitation.

Credit: Courtesy of Blythe Tinker/©BBC 2011

U.S. Marine, Corporal Chuck Donnelly with presenter Michael Mosley.

U.S. Marine, Corporal Chuck Donnelly with presenter Michael Mosley.

Credit: Courtesy of Blythe Tinker/©BBC 2011

Lance Bombadier Robert Long (left) was blinded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010. He is now the first Brit on a trial of a new device called Brainport which could restore a sense of sight. Presenter Michael Mosley is on the right.

Lance Bombadier Robert Long (left) was blinded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010. He is now the first Brit on a trial of a new device called Brainport which could restore a sense of sight. Presenter Michael Mosley is on the right.

Credit: Courtesy of Blythe Tinker/©BBC 2011

Mitch Hunter who had a face transplant in April 2011 with presenter Michael Mosley.

Mitch Hunter who had a face transplant in April 2011 with presenter Michael Mosley.

Credit: Courtesy of Blythe Tinker/©BBC 2011

Presenter Michael Mosley with Dr. Bohden Pomahac, one of the world’s leading face transplant surgeons. He and his team have been funded by the U.S. military to carry out eight face transplants at the Brigham & Woman’s hospital, Boston.

Presenter Michael Mosley with Dr. Bohden Pomahac, one of the world’s leading face transplant surgeons. He and his team have been funded by the U.S. military to carry out eight face transplants at the Brigham & Woman’s hospital, Boston.

Credit: Courtesy of Blythe Tinker/©BBC 2011

"No Weapons Beyond This Point" sign inside Camp Bastion hospital.

"No Weapons Beyond This Point" sign inside Camp Bastion hospital.

Credit: Courtesy of Paul Overton/©BBC 2011