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Doctors at WarLife and Death in a Field Hospital$
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Mark de Rond

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705489

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705489.001.0001

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A Record-Breaking Month

A Record-Breaking Month

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(p.88) 9 A Record-Breaking Month
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Doctors at War
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Mark de Rond

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501705489.003.0009

The author says the last month was a record-breaking one for the field hospital in terms of blood use. Because the numbers of casualties were not significantly different from previous months, this meant that people were getting increasingly badly injured, fueled by more powerful and often badly contaminated improvised explosive devices. The author also discusses the controversy sparked by one of the doctors' comments that the field hospital should stop giving one of the Afghans more opiates as he wouldn't get the same pain medications in any local hospital. After mentioning the day's casualties, he describes the three helicopter crews that were in charge of the evacuation of casualties: MERT, Dustoff, and Pedro. MERT is a British-staffed medical crew, comprising a physician, one or two advanced paramedics, and an emergency nurse. Dustoff and Pedro are American-staffed helicopter crews with a limited level of medical care.

Keywords:   blood use, casualties, improvised explosive devices, Afghans, opiates, helicopter crews, evacuation, paramedics, medical care

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