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Did the Olympics need more drugs? A doctor's reflection on providing medical care during Op OLYMPICS
  1. James Monteiro de Barros1 and
  2. D A Ross2
  1. 1Military Registrar, RCDM, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Army Health Unit, FASC, Camberley, UK
  1. Correspondence to Capt James Monteiro de Barros, Military Registrar, RCDM, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, B15 2WB, UK; jamesmdeb{at}yahoo.co.uk

Abstract

This paper examines some of the medical problems arising from the successful deployment of Defence Medical Services personnel to Op OLYMPICS (mid-June 2012–September 2012). It does not aim to be all encompassing in its scope, but focuses on the most pressing issues affecting a junior military doctor's ability to work effectively under field conditions. This will entail a discussion about whether in a deployment such as Op OLYMPICS medical care should be based upon offering solely primary healthcare in medical centres or using Role 1 medical treatment facilities, which include primary healthcare and pre-hospital emergency care. The main recommendations arising from the deployment are: clinicians should deploy with a minimum of basic emergency drugs and equipment; a medical facility treating a large population at risk for a prolonged period should have a broad stock of medications available on site; and medical risk assessments must be performed on all Reservists during mobilisation.

  • Education & Training (see Medical Education & Training)
  • General Medicine (see Internal Medicine)
  • Received July 12, 2013.
  • Accepted August 20, 2013.

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