Caring for Paediatric Trauma Patients during US Military Operations in Iraq & Afghanistan

Research Paper Title Paediatric Trauma Patient Intensive Care Resource Utilisation in US Military Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Background Children represent a unique patient population treated by military personnel during wartime, as seen in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The researchers sought to describe ICU resource utilisation by US military personnel treating paediatric… Read More

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What is the Mental Health Service Utilisation & Perceived Barriers to Receiving Care in Deployed Soldiers?

Research Paper Title Mental Health Service Utilization and Perceived Barriers to Receiving Care in Deployed Soldiers. Background Scant research has examined mental health treatment utilisation and barriers to care in deployed US soldiers. This study aims to assess mental health treatment utilisation in deployed soldiers, including providers used and barriers to care. Methods US Army… Read More

A Review of Combat Casualties to Aid Care & Prevention

Research Paper Title Mortality Review of US Special Operations Command Battle-Injured Fatalities. Background Comprehensive analyses of battle-injured fatalities, incorporating a multidisciplinary process with a standardised lexicon, is necessary to elucidate opportunities for improvement (OFIs) to increase survivability. Methods A mortality review was conducted on United States Special Operations Command battle-injured fatalities who died from September… Read More

Should Physician Assistants Have a Greater Role in the Defence Medical Services?

Research Paper Title Physician assistant utilisation in the US Armed Forces: applicability to the UK Defence Medical Services. Background Physicians assistants (PAs) are being increasingly utilised by the US Armed Forces both in homeland medical treatment provision as well as while on deployment. In a deployed environment, the US has the flexibility to interchange doctors… Read More

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

Insect Bites: Recognise, Identify, Prevent

Your knowledge of insect bites could literally be the reason why you help save a life or even your own life. Quite a number of insects possess venom that can have very negative impacts on human health; some with the potential of causing death. However, in most cases, the first step to finding a quick… Read More

Pre-treatment Weight Gain & Clinical Care

Research Paper Title Self-report versus objective measurement of weight history: implications for pre-treatment weight gain. Background There is increasing concern that patients gain considerable weight in the year prior to treatment and that outcomes may not reflect true treatment losses. To date, we know little about the accuracy of self-reported weight change prior to treatment.… Read More