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Unconventional warfare medicine

Brianna Larsen, Kevin Netto, Brad Aisbett
Armed forces worldwide utilize some form of body armor as part of their personal protective system. This is particularly essential in recent times because of the increased sophistication of weapons employed during modern warfare and the advent of unconventional combat methods (such as the increased use of improvised explosive devices). There is some evidence to show, however, that the usage of military body armor impairs physical performance. This review of the literature will focus on the effect of body armor on the performance of, and physiological and subjective responses during, military-style physical tasks...
November 2011: Military Medicine
Oscar L Ware
As I retrace my journey through the Special Forces ranks as a Medical Sergeant (18D) and finally a Sergeant Major (18Z) in preparation for retirement, I find myself reading years of forgotten evaluations, citations, and awards. Some cause me to pause in an attempt to recall the particulars; others summon a smirk and laugh as I remember the fine men and women who played a very important role in making it happen. One particular Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report (NCOER) caused me to think, not that I had been immune to this before, but on this occasion, I was grappling with the words on the page...
2010: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Andrea Brinker, Kate Prior, Jan Schumacher
INTRODUCTION: The threat of mass casualties caused by an unconventional terrorist attack is a challenge for the public health system, with special implications for emergency medicine, anesthesia, and intensive care. Advanced life support of patients injured by chemical or biological warfare agents requires an adequate level of personal protection. The aim of this study was to evaluate the personal protection knowledge of emergency physicians and anesthetists who would be at the frontline of the initial health response to a chemical/biological warfare agent incident...
November 2009: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Frederick M Burkle
The world is experiencing unprecedented violence and threats of violence, taking the form of complex internal nation-state conflicts, unconventional or guerrilla warfare against established governments, and stateless threats of terrorism by potential biologic, chemical, and nuclear weapons. What happens locally has immediate ramifications internationally. Real and potential health consequences of these events have evoked global concerns and realization that capacities and capabilities to respond to such events require unparalleled integration, coordination, and cooperation of the international community...
January 2005: Critical Care Medicine
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