What is the Defence Medical Services (DMS)?

The primary role of the UK’s Defence  Medical Services (DMS) is to ensure that Service personnel are ready and medically fit to go where they are required in the UK and throughout the world – generally referred to as being ‘fit for task’. DMS encompasses: Medical; Dental; Nursing; Allied health professionals (AHP); Paramedical; and Support personnel. It… Read More

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The UKs Defence People Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy

The health (physical and mental) and wider well-being of Service personnel people contributes directly to operational capability and, as such, is a high priority. The Chief of Defence People seeks to create the conditions for Service personnel to enjoy a level of health and well-being that maximises the capacity of people for work and this applies… Read More

UK Military Medicine & Gut Research

There are currently no on-going MOD-sponsored research programmes that specifically consider the gut. However, the Military Enteric Disease Group (MEDG) is in the process of evaluating changes in gut microbiota in relation to Service personnel who have been diagnosed with ‘Traveller’s Diarrhoea’. There are no plans at present to implement any changes to extant MOD… Read More

UK Military GPs & Occupational Health

All military General Practitioners (GP’s) are trained in Occupational Health as part of their entry officer courses. This requires a functional and life style assessment when undertaking medicals on Service personnel. As part of the medical, the allied health professional will give advice to personnel about fitness, diet and alcohol. Reference FOI 2018/03526 dated 23… Read More

What is the Incidence of Acute Injuries for Active Component Members of the US Armed Forces (2008-2017)?

Research Paper Title Incidence of acute injuries, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2008-2017. Abstract Injuries have consistently ranked among the top morbidity burdens among U.S. military service members. This report describes the incidence, trends, types, causes, and dispositions of acute injuries among active component service members by anatomic region. From 2008 through 2017, there were… Read More

Analysing Major Deployment-related Amputations of Lower & Upper Limbs for Active & Reserve Components of the US Armed Forces (2001-2017)

Research Paper Title Major deployment-related amputations of lower and upper limbs, active and reserve components, U.S. Armed Forces, 2001-2017. Abstract Major amputations of the lower and upper limbs are among the most life-altering and debilitating combat injuries. From 01 January 2001 through 31 October 2017, a total of 1,705 service members sustained major deployment-related lower… Read More

What was the Number of Medical Evacuations for Active & Reserve Components of the US Armed Forces in 2017?

Report Title Update: Medical evacuations, active and reserve components, U.S. Armed Forces, 2017. Abstract In 2017, a total of 626 medical evacuations of service members from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility were followed by at least one medical encounter in a fixed medical facility outside the operational theatre. There were more medical evacuations… Read More