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Executing Military Medical Operations
  1. Colonel Martin CM Bricknell, L/RAMC, Medical Director1 and
  2. NM dos Santos2
  1. 1Headquarters Region Command (South), Operation HERRICK, BFPO 772
  2. 2Headquarters Health Services Wing, Royal Australian Air Force, RAAF Base Amberley, QLD, Australia
  1. HQ Land Forces, Army Medical Directorate, Ramillies Building, Marlborough Lines, Andover, Hampshire SP11 8 HJ martin{at}bricknell.net

Abstract

This paper concentrates on the regulation of casualties through the medical system. It considers the casualty flow throughout the system looking at how demand (or access), capacity and evacuation must be balanced. If the balance is broken, either the medical system has been over-resourced, which is inefficient, or the medical system has been overwhelmed, which is ineffective. Finally the paper discusses how the medical system should respond to a casualty surge.

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