John Duncan considers the debt that civilian practice owes to military surgery
Civilian practice has benefited from the experience of military surgery for centuries. Over the last eight years British medical teams have been serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and the intensity of these engagements has meant that a generation of military doctors has become expert in the management of trauma.
Jon Clasper reviews the impact military surgery has had on modern day wound treatment
Military deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan have again seen service medical personnel gain considerable experience in the management of severely injured casualties. Improvements in personal protection, enhanced prehospital care and rapid aero-evacuation to medical facilities capable of providing optimised resuscitation and damage control surgery have resulted in an unprecedented increase in survival from battlefield injuries from 69.7% in World War II to 88.6% most recently in Iraq.
Alasdair Macmillan reflects on the importance of establishing priorities within a surgical team when deployed to a war zone
In modern NHS practice it can be easy to forget that we share a common aim. When a trauma team comes together in a war, a disparate group of people has to work together, with a shared focus, co-operating to treat seriously injured soldiers Alasdair Macmillan reflects on the importance of establishing priorities within a surgical team when deployed to a war zoneand civilians quickly, efficiently and effectively.
Lower abdominal, pelvic and urological trauma carry particular challenges for battlefield surgeons. Following experience in Afghanistan, Mark Mantle and Graham Sunderland consider approaches
Douglas Kennedy, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, considers the content of the RCSEd's Ballistic Facial Injury study day in November 2010