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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941569/wound-ballistics-and-blast-injuries
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N J Prat, J-L Daban, E J Voiglio, F Rongieras
Wounds due to gunshot and explosions, while usually observed during battlefield combat, are no longer an exceptional occurrence in civilian practice in France. The principles of wound ballistics are based on the interaction between the projectile and the human body as well as the transfer of energy from the projectile to tissues. The treatment of ballistic wounds relies on several principles: extremity wound debridement and absence of initial closure, complementary medical treatment, routine immobilization, revision surgery and secondary closure...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Visceral Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941503/management-of-high-velocity-injuries-of-the-head-and-neck
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REVIEW
Jacob S Majors, Joseph Brennan, G Richard Holt
Trauma centers must prepare to manage high-velocity injuries resulting from a mass casualty incidents as global terrorism becomes a greater concern and an increasing risk. The most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have significantly improved understanding of battlefield trauma and how to appropriately address these injures. This article applies combat surgery experience to civilian situations, outlines the physiology and kinetics of high-velocity injuries, and reviews applicable triage and management strategies...
November 2017: Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876574/holding-the-torch-up-high-a-medical-historical-evaluation-of-surgical-advances-during-the-great-war-1914-1918-in-memory-of-those-that-served-and-fell
#3
G Scharf
"How wide and varied is the experience of the battlefield and how fertile the blood of warriors in raising good surgeons" Sir Clifford Allbutt (1898). With these sentiments of the medical lessons learned in war and conflict, with the background of the poem of "In Flanders Field", written by a doctor who had South African War connections, reasons (the Somme and third Ypres battles) will be given that this was indeed a "GREAT WAR" as the world history, weapons, strategy, tactics and wounding patterns had changed dramatically...
September 2017: South African Journal of Surgery. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828175/combination-of-dura-turning-over-and-decompressive-craniectomy-a-new-pattern-of-surgery-for-cerebral-infarction-caused-by-craniocerebral-gunshot-injury
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Qi-Yong Mei, Yao Li, Chao He, Hong-Wei Shan, Yun-Kun Wang, Yan Dong, Ming-Kun Yu, Li-Jun Hou
BACKGROUND: Craniocerebral gunshot injury refers to a wound caused by a bullet passing through or lodged in brain tissue, resulting in the loss of function of a certain area or other fatal damage to the human brain. Craniocerebral gunshot injury is usually life-threatening and is very common in modern warfare, accounting for the majority of battle casualties. Most of the patients suffer from acute cerebral infarction caused by vascular injury. Lack of early and solid battlefield emergency medical interference adds to the risk of death among the wounded...
2017: Military Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748419/can-we-train-military-surgeons-in-a-civilian-trauma-center
#5
H Uchino, V Y Kong, G V Oosthuizen, J L Bruce, W Bekker, G L Laing, D L Clarke
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to review the trauma workload and operative exposure in a major South African trauma center and provide a comparison with contemporary experience from major military conflict. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients admitted to the PMTS following trauma were identified from the HEMR. Basic demographic data including mechanism of injury and body region injured were reviewed. All operative procedures were categorized. The total operative volume was compared with those available from contemporary literature documenting experience from military conflict in Afghanistan...
July 26, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570213/the-university-of-toronto-s-lasting-contribution-to-war-surgery-how-maj-l-bruce-robertson-fundamentally-transformed-thinking-toward-blood-transfusion-during-the-first-world-war
#6
Abigail Tien, Andrew Beckett, Dylan Pannell
During the Great War, Canadian military surgeons produced some of the greatest innovations to improve survival on the battlefield. Arguably, the most important was bringing blood transfusion practice close to the edge of the battlefield to resuscitate the many casualties dying of hemorrhagic shock. Dr. L. Bruce Robertson of the Canadian Army Medical Corps was the pioneering surgeon from the University of Toronto who was able to demonstrate the benefit of blood transfusions near the front line and counter the belief that saline was the resuscitation fluid of choice in military medicine...
June 2017: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254598/management-of-war-related-ballistic-craniocerebral-injuries-in-a-french-role-3-hospital-during-the-afghan-campaign
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Arnaud Dagain, Olivier Aoun, Julien Bordes, Cédric Roqueplo, Christophe Joubert, Pierre Esnault, Aurore Sellier, Jean-Marc Delmas, Nicolas Desse, Mathilde Fouet, Philippe Pernot, Renaud Dulou
INTRODUCTION: France deployed to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014 within the International Security and Assistance Force. A French role 3 hospital was built in 2009 in the vicinity of Kabul International Airport (KaIA). The objectives of this study were to describe the epidemiology, management, and outcome of war-related craniocerebral injuries during the Afghan campaign in a French role 3 hospital. METHODS: From March 1, 2010 to September 30, 2012, we conducted a retrospective descriptive study in Kabul, Afghanistan...
June 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230629/point-of-injury-tourniquet-application-during-operation-protective-edge-what-do-we-learn
#8
Amir Shlaifer, Avraham Yitzhak, Erez N Baruch, Avi Shina, Alexandra Satanovsky, Amiram Shovali, Ofer Almog, Elon Glassberg
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhage is a leading cause of preventable death on the battlefield. Timely tourniquet application to massively bleeding extremity wounds is critical for casualty survival albeit with reported adverse effects to extremity integrity. The aim of this study was to describe the immediate- and short-term outcomes of point of injury (POI) tourniquet applications during "Operation Protective Edge" (OPE). METHODS: A case series study regarding tourniquet application at the POI during OPE was collected...
August 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102530/surgeon-preparedness-for-mass-casualty-events-adapting-essential-military-surgical-lessons-for-the-home-front
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Kyle N Remick, Stacy Shackelford, John S Oh, Jason M Seery, Daniel Grabo, John Chovanes, Kirby R Gross, Shawn C Nessen, Nigel Rm Tai, Rory F Rickard, Eric Elster, C W Schwab
Military surgeons have gained familiarity and experience with mass casualty events (MCEs) as a matter of routine over the course of the last two conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Over the same period of time, civilian surgeons have increasingly faced complex MCEs on the home front. Our objective is to summarize and adapt these combat surgery lessons to enhance civilian surgeon preparedness for complex MCEs on the home front. The authors describe the unique lessons learned from combat surgery over the course of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and adapt these lessons to enhance civilian surgical readiness for a MCE on the home front...
2016: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040370/benefit-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-major-burns-after-stun-grenade-explosion-experience-from-a-single-military-medical-center
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Po-Shun Hsu, Yi-Ting Tsai, Chih-Yuan Lin, Shyi-Gen Chen, Niann-Tzyy Dai, Cheng-Jung Chen, Jia-Lin Chen, Chien-Sung Tsai
INTRODUCTION: Explosion injury is very common on the battlefield and is associated with major burn and inhalation injuries and subsequent high mortality and morbidity rates. Here we report six victims who suffered from explosion injuries caused by stun grenade; all were treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as salvage therapy. This study was aimed to evaluate the indications and efficacy of ECMO in acute and critically ill major burn patients. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of six patients from Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center in Taiwan...
May 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27724088/advances-in-military-resuscitation
#11
Sharon Edwards, Jason Smith
Trauma is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, in civilian environments and on the battlefield. Trauma-induced haemorrhage is the principal cause of potentially preventable death, which is generally attributable to a combination of vascular injury and coagulopathy. Survival rates following severe traumatic injury have increased due to advanced trauma management initiatives and treatment protocols, influenced by lessons learned from recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The use of tourniquets and intraosseous needles, early blood and blood product transfusion, administration of tranexamic acid in pre-hospital settings, and consultant-led damage control resuscitation incorporating damage control surgery have all played their part...
October 6, 2016: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27613217/grace-under-fire-the-army-nurses-of-pearl-harbor-1941
#12
Gwyneth R Milbrath
OBJECTIVE: Much has been written about the military events of December 7, 1941; however, little has been documented about the nurses' work and experience at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The aerial assault on Pearl Harbor was the first time in US history that Army nurses had been on the front line of battle. Nurses quickly triaged and stabilized those who could be saved, and provided compassion and comfort to those who were dying, in an environment where the nurses were unsure of their own survival...
October 2016: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27318022/total-phallic-reconstruction-using-the-radial-artery-based-forearm-free-flap-after-traumatic-penile-amputation
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Marco Falcone, Giulio Garaffa, Amr Raheem, Nim A Christopher, David J Ralph
INTRODUCTION: Although genital injuries in civilian centers are rare, the scenario is completely different in the battlefield. If the penile distal stump is not adequate for primary reimplantation or it cannot be found, then delayed penile reconstruction needs to be considered. AIM: To report a single-center experience with total phallic reconstruction using radial artery based forearm free flap (RAFFF) after penile traumatic loss. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of 10 patients who underwent total phallic reconstruction with the use of the RAFFF from September 2001 through August 2015 after traumatic amputation of the penis...
July 2016: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27162294/-the-evolution-of-the-emergency-medical-services-system-from-ancient-to-modern-times
#14
Mariusz Goniewicz, Krzysztof Goniewicz
The paper discusses the historical perspective - from ancient to modern times - on the evolution of military medicine and its support during the wars and battles as well as its impact on the development of civilian health care and emergency medical services. Indicated breakthroughs related to conducting military operations and pointed to the visionaries who have developed new paradigms of medical care, including programs designed to assess the health status of patients, treatment in the battlefield, medical transport, anesthesia, surgery and emergency procedures...
2016: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26965807/lead-follow-or-get-out-of-the-way-how-bold-young-surgeons-brought-vascular-surgery-into-clinical-practice-from-the-korean-war-battlefield
#15
REVIEW
Michael S Baker
The maturation of vascular surgery into widespread clinical practice was accelerated by events that took place in Korea during the conflict of 1950-1953. Early research and anecdotal clinical trials were just then resulting in publication of cases of the successful vascular repairs and replacements. Noncrushing vascular clamps were being developed and limited manufacture begun. The stage was set for a major advance in the treatment of arterial injury, just as war commenced in Korea, which provided a clinical laboratory...
May 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26921106/-norman-bethune-1890-1939-an-involved-doctor-icon-of-the-blood-transfusion-history
#16
M E Gentili
Norman Bethune was born in 1890, in Gravenhurst (Ontario, Canada). Thereafter a strong surgical training, he implied in thoracic surgery and fight against tuberculosis. His political opinions led him to join the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. He played an important part in the development of blood transfusion on the battlefield. Then he joined China with communist troops and therein developed surgical units and accelerated training for health personal. He died of septicemia in 1939.
May 2016: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26633674/unusual-late-presentation-of-hemophilia-a-in-an-active-duty-u-s-marine-following-open-shoulder-surgery
#17
Bennett H Shapiro, Alex R Minter, Lucas S McDonald
Hemophilia A is clotting disorder affecting 8:100,000 males in the United States. It is an X-linked recessive genetic disorder, although about one-third of cases occur spontaneously without known family history. Because of the risk of uncontrolled hemorrhage on the battlefield, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders exclude individuals from service in the U.S. military. We report a case of an active duty U.S. Marine whose underlying diagnosis of Hemophilia A was discovered and treated by a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons and hematologists following recurrent hematomas after open rotator cuff surgery...
December 2015: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26390742/combat-anesthesia-a-case-report-of-a-gunshot-wound-and-new-trauma-protocols
#18
Peter D Strube, Andrew D Perkins
Revolutionary innovations and technical advances in the disciplines of medicine, surgery, and anesthesia are inextricably connected to military conflict. The demonstrated lifesaving value of these novel approaches in high-acuity trauma has provided the impetus for translation of these elements into injury care in the civilian environment. One element of this battlefield medical revolution is the implementation and refinement of forward surgical care. All US military services have unique configurations of this surgical team to match their expeditionary capacity...
August 2015: AANA Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26327542/resqfoam-for-the-treatment-of-non-compressible-hemorrhage-on-the-front-line
#19
Julius C Chang, Brian C Holloway, Monica Zamisch, Matthew J Hepburn, Geoffrey S F Ling
Noncompressible torso hemorrhage is the leading cause of potentially survivable death on the battlefield. While medical advances have decreased the rate of "died of wounds" to less than 5%, significant treatment limitations in pre-hospital care remain. To address this persistent capability gap, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched the Wound Stasis System program in 2010. Under that program, Arsenal Medical, in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, developed a novel, self-expanding polyurethane foam that rapidly treats major abdominal bleeding due to trauma, for use at the point of care...
September 2015: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26263932/human-factors-in-decision-making-in-major-trauma-in-camp-bastion-afghanistan
#20
G S Arul, H E J Pugh, S J Mercer, M J Midwinter
INTRODUCTION: The concentration of major trauma experience at Camp Bastion has allowed continuous improvements to occur in the patient pathway from the point of wounding to surgical treatment. These changes have involved clinical management as well as alterations to the physical layout of the hospital, training and decision making. Consideration of the human factors has been a major part of these improvements. METHODS: We describe the Camp Bastion patient pathway with the communication template that focused decision making at various key moments during damage control resuscitation and damage control surgery (DCR-DCS)...
May 2015: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
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