French Military Operations: What are the Prehospital Challenges?

Research Paper Title Five years of prolonged field care: prehospital challenges during recent French military operations. Background French military operations in the Sahel conducted since 2013 over more than 5 million square kilometers have challenged the French Military Health Service with specific problems in prolonged field care. Methods To describe these challenges, we retrospectively analysed… Read More

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Preemptive Tecovirimat Use in an Active Duty Service Member Who Presented With Acute Myeloid Leukaemia After Smallpox Vaccination

Research Paper Title Preemptive Tecovirimat Use in an Active Duty Service Member Who Presented With Acute Myeloid Leukemia After Smallpox Vaccination. Background Smallpox vaccine is contraindicated in immunosuppression due to increased risk for adverse reactions (eg, progressive vaccinia). The researchers describe the first-ever use of tecovirimat as a preemptive vaccinia virus treatment strategy during induction… Read More

World War I & Hearing Loss

Research Paper Title Hearing loss in the trenches – a hidden morbidity of World War I. Background One hundred years ago, millions of British and Allied troops were fighting in the trenches of the Great War. With a tenth of soldiers losing their lives, hearing loss seemed a low priority; however, vast numbers of troops… Read More

US Army Medical Personnel Training

If a person decides to become an army doctor, they will obtain a military rank. Thus, such a person will not only have to attend medical school, they will also receive training in military culture and leadership. In other words, getting ready to become a military doctor is not only about writing an assignments relating… Read More

Can We Provide Humanitarian Surgical Care without Compromising the Primary Mission of the Medical Forces?

Research Paper Title The 7th French Airborne Forward Surgical Team experience of surgical support to the population of a low-income country: a prospective study on 341 patients with short-term follow-up. Background The 7th Airborne Forward Surgical Team (FST) has deployed to Chad in 2015 and 2016, in support of French military forces. Humanitarian surgical care… Read More

Outlining Military Prehospital Emergency Care

Research Paper Title Military Prehospital Emergency Care: defining and professionalising the levels of care provided along the Operational Patient Care Pathway. Abstract The Defence Medical Services aims to provide gold standard care to ill and injured personnel in the deployed environment and its prehospital emergency care (PHEC) systems have been proven to save lives. The… Read More

Penicillin & World War II

During the second world war, chemists made penicillin by culturing moulds in pans. Labs would have these pans stacked to the ceiling, but the process still yielded only tiny amounts of penicillin. The compound was in such short supply that unmetabolised remnants of the drug were being recycled from soldiers’ urine. Reference Howgego, J. (2018) Roaming Free. New Scientist. 19… Read More