Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 7e
|Section 26. Special Situations >|
Chapter e298.2. Military Medicine
Sections: Overview, Epidemiology of Combat Injury, The Prepared Combat Physician, Care Under Fire, Tactical Field Care, Blast Injuries, Extremity Trauma, Chest Trauma, Abdominal Trauma, Head Trauma, Cervical Spine, Pelvic Trauma, Adjunctive Therapy, Other Considerations, Considerations for Remote Operations, Summary, References.
Topics Discussed: combat trauma; military medicine.
Excerpt:"Care for combat casualties is different in many ways than care
for trauma casualties in civilian medical systems. Even the term casualty is
used differently. Whereas "casualty" typically
refers to traumatic death in the civilian system, the word refers
to combat-related injury in the military environment. Because many
health care providers working for the military or other governmental
agencies have been trained in civilian hospital environments, they
often are unprepared and ill-equipped for treating combat casualties.
Many of the trauma management principles that we practice in civilian
medical systems do apply; however, there are significant deviations
from the standards established for trauma care in civilian facilities.
The intent of this chapter is to highlight the important differences
between civilian and combat trauma management to better prepare
the physician who will be caring for combat casualties. This chapter
does not replace more comprehensive references published on this
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