Being Human & Understanding…

“July 24th [1916] I suddenly spied two panic‐stricken Jocks blundering back from the trenches over the open. I went out and brought them in to the C.O. I don’t suppose the case will go further, partly because the C.O. is human and understanding, and partly for the honour of the regiment. I think he let… Read More

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Shoot the Brave!

“General Ewell was so impressed by the conspicuous gallantry of a certain Federal cavalry officer in rallying his troops on the field of battle that he ordered his soldiers not to shoot at the man. [General ‘Stonewall’] Jackson later reprimanded Ewell for this quixotic action, remarking shrewdly, ‘Shoot the brave officers and the cowards will… Read More

Into Battle…

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” General Norman Schwarzkopf (1934 to 2012) Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf was a US Army officer who commanded Operation Desert Storm, the American-led military action that liberated Kuwait from Iraqi occupation during the… Read More

Analysing the Management & Outcome of Open Fractures of the Femur Sustained on the Battlefield

Research Paper Title The management and outcome of open fractures of the femur sustained on the battlefield over a ten-year period. Background This was a retrospective study of survivors of recent conflicts with an open fracture of the femur. Methods The researchers analysed the records of 48 patients (48 fractures) and assessed the outcome. Results… Read More

What is Tactical Damage Control Resuscitation (TDCR)?

Research Paper Title Tactical Damage Control Resuscitation. Abstract Recently the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care changed the guidelines on fluid use in haemorrhagic shock. The current strategy for treating haemorrhagic shock is based on early use of components: Packed Red Blood Cells (PRBCs); Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP); and Platelets in a 1:1:1 ratio. The… Read More

Integration of Expeditionary Surgical and Resuscitation Teams for Special Operations Forces

Research Paper Title Special Operations Force Risk Reduction: Integration of Expeditionary Surgical and Resuscitation Teams. Abstract Haemorrhage in the pre-surgical setting has been the most significant cause of death on the battlefield. Damage control surgery (DCS) near the point of injury (POI) is not a new concept, but having conventional medical teams supporting Special Operations… Read More