DiMiMED 2018

Removal of traumatic foreign bodies by use of a hydrosurgery system (Versajet™)
Article: F. Siemers

Removal of traumatic foreign bodies by use of a hydrosurgery system (Versajet™)

In case of blast injuries accidental inclusions of intradermal pigmented particles occurs. If there is no removal within 72 hours traumatic tattoos results. To avoid these pigmented changes, especially in areas like the head and neck region and the hands, the primary goal in first treatment is to remove all particles and foreign bodies. Superficial foreign ... more

Stress as a risk factor?
Article: Lieutenant Colonel Dr Michael Lüpke, MC

Stress as a risk factor?

Possible correlations between stress and the pathogenesis and progression of periodontal disease in Bundeswehr personnel in the field

The mechanism that converts psychosocial stress into a potential inflammatory disorder involves complex interactions between nerves and the immune system. It has also been postulated that psychosocial stress may be a risk factor that influences the development and progression of periodontal disease. ... more

Team Trainer for Ship’s Hospital Teams
Article: H. FRANZ (GERMANY)

Team Trainer for Ship’s Hospital Teams

At the Institute of Maritime Medicine of the German Navy, sea-going medical teams and the medical support units of the Naval Special Forces are offered a team training course when preparing for deployment. As the course is held in a sick bay model, participants have the unique chance to familiarize with working in the limited spaces characteristic of the ... more

Mental Health Services in the Canadian Forces
Article: Rakesh Jetly OMM CD MD FRCPC Colonel Psychiatrist

Mental Health Services in the Canadian Forces

The health needs, including the mental health needs, of Canadian Forces (CF) military personnel are a priority for the Government of Canada and the CF. As such, significant investment has been made by the CF to ensure personnel receive the highest standard of mental health care possible wherever they serve. The Canadian Forces Health Services (CFHS) has ... more

German Emergency Physicians on U.S. UH-60 “Black Hawk” MedEvac
Report: Dr. Andreas Otto, LCDR(MC), Military Hospital Westerstede, Dep. Anesthesiology and Intensive Care

German Emergency Physicians on U.S. UH-60 “Black Hawk” MedEvac

From the 30th contingent DEU-ISAF MTF Role 2 Kunduz (Chief of company LtCol(MC) Houda) of the DEU-ISAF MTF (Commander Col(MC) Dr. Höpner)

Since September 2012 a pilot project with DEU Emergency Physicians (DEU EP) on U.S. ForwardAirMedevac-Helicopter continues. The benefit is, in addition to optimize patient treatment, getting experiences for the implementation of the DEU ForwardAirMedEvac-System. The author was deployed from November 2012 till March 2013 to Kunduz being part of this project. ... more

Armoured casualty transport
Article: Master Sergeant (OR-8, Paramedic) Tobias Uebel Squad Leader, Second Company Medical Training Regiment; LTC MC (OF-4, DD, GS) Dr. Rolf v. Uslar Commander Medical Training Regiment

Armoured casualty transport

The links of the land-based evacuation chain

In all kinds of military operations, it is essential to provide for the transport of casualties. While Air Medevac remains the most frequent means of casualty transport, land-based transport of casualties will continue to be of importance. The following article focuses on the armoured land-based casualty evacuation concept employed by the German Armed ... more

Report: MCM Bricknell, LM Kelly

Tactical Aeromedical Evacuation

This paper discusses the principles of tactical aeromedical evacuation (TACEVAC) planning and execution with specific consideration of the command and control arrangements for TACEVAC. UK personnel may be familiar with TACEVAC procedures using UK national aircraft and aeromedical evacuation crews between national medical facilities. Recent operations, most particularly in Afghanistan, have illustrated the requirement to understand TACEVAC within a multi-national context as both our military hospitals have moved patients using other nations aircraft and medical escort crews, and UK aeromedical aircraft and crews have moved other nations’ patients.

Forward Medical Evacuation from point of injury to the initial medical treatment facility is MEDEVAC, whereas medical evacuation between medical treatment facilities within a Joint Operational Area (JOA) is tactical aeromedical evacuation (TACEVAC).It is a separate entity to strategic evacuation (STRATEVAC) from the JOA to a home or allied nation.STRATEVAC ... more

Risk Aware, not Risk Averse - Risk management and practical planning of training and operations in heat environments in the British Army
Article: Wehrmedizinische Monatsschrift 10/2018

Risk Aware, not Risk Averse - Risk management and practical planning of training and operations in heat environments in the British Army

Peter Wright
Oxford Brooks University – Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

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“Right Patient, Right Escort, Right Platform, Right Destination at the Right Time”
Report: OF-2 Peter JAGADICS (HUN A)

“Right Patient, Right Escort, Right Platform, Right Destination at the Right Time”

NATO Patient Evacuation Coordination Cell (PECC) Course – COE-MED-M4-008

“…I arrived in Afghanistan in March 2011 without really knowing what to expect. You can only prepare yourself to a certain level and the rest depends on the circumstances during your mission. My work as a shift officer in a multinational PECC was more than interesting, it was a major challenge. Not only was I working with German, Norwegian, Swedish and ... more

The Role of PSMA PET/CT and PET/MRI in Diagnosing Prostate Carcinoma
Article: Wehrmedizinische Monatsschrift 8/2018

The Role of PSMA PET/CT and PET/MRI in Diagnosing Prostate Carcinoma

Division VI, Bundeswehr Medical Service Headquarters¹, Koblenz (Chief of Division: Oberstarzt Dr. Thomas Harbaum), Bundeswehr Institute of Preventive Medicine², Andernach (Director: Oberstarzt Prof. Dr. Dr. Dieter Leyk), Department of Nuclear Medicine³, Department of Radiology and Neuroradiology⁴, Department of Urology⁵ of the Bundeswehr Central Hospital³, Koblenz (Commander and Medical Director: Generalarzt Dr. Norbert Weller)

Manuela A. Hoffmann¹,²,³, Helmut J. Wieler³, Kerstin Smolka⁴, Hans-Ulrich Schmelz⁵, Stephan Waldeck⁴ ... more

In the service of our troops: a military medical challenge
Report: Capt (N) Dr. Andreas Dierich, MC (DEU)

In the service of our troops: a military medical challenge

The NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine

Since its NATO accreditation in 2009, the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (MILMED COE) has reached a highly appreciated position within the NATO medical community. The Centre provides subject matter expertise on medical training and evaluation, lessons learned, standards and doctrine development and deployment health surveillance. ... more

Military operations in the heat – the effect of a two weeks acclimatization program on heat related injuries in the Royal Netherlands Army
Article: Wehrmedizinische Monatsschrift 10/2018

Military operations in the heat – the effect of a two weeks acclimatization program on heat related injuries in the Royal Netherlands Army

Gerard Rietjens¹, ²
¹The Netherlands Ministry of Defence, Utrecht, Niederlande
²Free University Brussels, Brüssel, Belgien

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Article: V. PAVLIK, J. FAJFROVÁ (CZECH REPUBLIC)

The Hygienic Conditions in Afghanistan

From the department of military hygiene, Faculty of Military Health Sciences University of Defence, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

The article describes the hygienic and epidemiological situation in Afghanistan, mainly the current hygienic conditions, water supply and waste disposal. The most frequent infectious diseases in this Asian country are mentioned. At the same time it describes standard hygienic condition at the military camp of the Headquarters ISAF in Kabul.

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The Future Direction for Oral Healthcare in the British Army
Article: J. LOWE, R. J. McCORMICK (UK)

The Future Direction for Oral Healthcare in the British Army

From the Public Health Department, United Kingdom Defence Dental Services

The British Armed Forces Defence Dental Service (DDS) provide dental treatment to all serving personnel and until recently have predominantly been clinical care delivery focused. In recent times it has been recognised that a health promotion based strategy would better serve our population, help reduce dental morbidity on operations and minimise the ... more

HUMANITARIAN MISSION TO HAITI – WATER PURIFICATION
Article: M. GIAI (ARGENTINA)

HUMANITARIAN MISSION TO HAITI – WATER PURIFICATION

Water Purification Campaign Experience in Gonaives, Haiti

The experience of producing drinkable water in an unfavorable campaign environment, as that of Gonaives (Haiti) and getting excellent results in terms of quality of treated water, is the sum of continuous adaptation and improvement of intermediate purification processes, from improving the acquisition to remineralization of water filtered by reverse osmosis. ... more

The CMC Conference 2018
Report: P. Geschwill, F. Josse

The CMC Conference 2018

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HAEMORRHAGIC FEVER IN THE FIELD
Article: H. SUDECK (GERMANY)

HAEMORRHAGIC FEVER IN THE FIELD

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever – a significant risk in the field?

After dengue fever, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever is of tick-borne arbovirus-induced disease worldwide. One of the unusual features of this essentially zoonotic virus is the way that it is transmitted. Infection in humans is not only the result of tick bites, but the virus ... more

COMPLEX TREATMENT OF CRUSH SYNDROME IN FIELD HOSPITAL IN EMERGENCY AREA
Article: Alexander Popov, Igor Yakirevich

COMPLEX TREATMENT OF CRUSH SYNDROME IN FIELD HOSPITAL IN EMERGENCY AREA

From the department of anaesthesiology, resuscitation and intensive care of the field hospital of Central Airmobile Rescue Team of EMERCOM of Russia

INTRODUCTION

The problem of crush syndrome management still remains urgent over a period of two hundred years. Medical consequences of earthquakes and medical organization of emergency response do not have a full scientific development so far. The technology of medical aid rendering in case of the extrication of a victim with crush syndrome who ... more

Recommendations for the treatment of severe burn injuries in the field – Part 2
Article: A. FRANKE, E. KOLLIG (GERMANY)

Recommendations for the treatment of severe burn injuries in the field – Part 2

Stabilisation, Consolidation, Transport

The complex nature of burn medicine made it necessary to divide this subject. While the first part (published in MCIF 4/11) dealt with emergency treatment of the seriously burned or of casualties with combined thermodynamic injuries in an operational context, the aim of this article is to present further procedures and the priorities of intensive ther-apy, ... more

Preclinical Treatment of Casualties in the Field
Report: A. FRANKE, G. HÖLLDOBLER (GERMANY)

Preclinical Treatment of Casualties in the Field

Clinical demand from the perspective of a field surgeon and a field anaesthetist *

*The content of this article is a personal summary of the contributions presented at a GER Armed Forces Medical Conference - “Damp 2012”

The German Armed forces have been involved in asymmetrical warfare as part of the ISAF deployment for many years now. The majority of the mission-related injuries presented to our treatment facilities in Afghanistan result from gunshot or blast. They include not only perforating and blunt force injuries of the abdomen and thorax, but also extensive soft ... more

SDFDS meeting in Buenos Aires
Article

SDFDS meeting in Buenos Aires

Impressions of an impressing event

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German Military Hospital in Hamburg:  Regionally potent, internationally cross-linked
Report: J. Hoitz

German Military Hospital in Hamburg: Regionally potent, internationally cross-linked

German Armed Forces run five military hospitals. One is located the North of Germany in Hamburg, the beautiful and well-known german harbour city.

History

The German Armed Forces Hospital in Hamburg was founded in 1958. It was established in buildings that were used by a british military hospital after WW II. Initially responsible only for military service members, in 1969 the hospital was opened for civilian patients also. In 1973, the emergency helicopter service for the Hamburg region ... more

Aeromedical Evacuation Simulation Training
Report: C. E. CORLISS (UNITED STATES)

Aeromedical Evacuation Simulation Training

As training resources and time become increasingly scarce new training methods and venues must be utilized to ensure mission readiness of Aerovac units to Airlift Wounded Warriors.

The 94th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron of the US Air Force Reserve Command is integrating simulation into initial and continuation training for flight nurses and flight medics. These simulations include not only classroom and simulation lab training but live flights with simulators flown onboard training missions as patients in need of care. ... more