Volume 16 No. 4

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Severe rapid -onset paralysis in a part-time soldier

Reprinted from Critical Care Resuscitations 2006 8: 120:122 with the kind permission of The Editor, Critical Care Resuscitation Abstract We report a case of severe rapid-onset paralysis in a 28-year-old previously healthy man, necessitating intubation and mechanical ventilation, after a presumed bite or sting. Despite no other systemic manifestations of envenoming, the paralysis rapidly responded… Read more »

By Julian White and Matthew J Maiden In   Issue Volume 16 No. 4 .

Lessons learnt and battlefield innovations from the Middle East are of operations

Introduction Unique aspects of the conflict in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) have brought about a refinement in battlefield surgical techniques including the widespread use of damage control surgery (DCS). In addition, the conflict has also seen a new range of battlefield innovations, each credited with decreasing injury and mortality1 Management principles in… Read more »

By Jeffrey Stephenson In   Issue Volume 16 No. 4 .

The role of dentists in a mass casualty situation – a New Zealand perspective

Abstract Background Mass casualty situations can arise unexpectedly anywhere, anytime, as evidenced by recent natural disasters and terrorist activity around the globe. Although traditional emergency medical services centre around medically trained and paramedic personnel, dental practitioners have many skills and attributes that are of vital importance in responding to a mass casualty situation. Purpose This… Read more »

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International house calls: public health or public relations?

Inherent strengths of organization, speed, and efficiency commonly allow tactical military units, both land and sea based, to operate under hostile conditions as well as within adverse circumstances characterized by limited functioning societal infrastructure. Such qualities make them ideal for short term disaster relief operations. The events of 9/11/2001, however, prompted many strategic reassessments within… Read more »

By Arthur M Smith In   Issue Volume 16 No. 4 .

Letters to Editor

Dear Sir, I refer to the recent JMVH article1 regarding the 2004 Stevens Review2 with respect to command of the ADF’s health services. Military health care is similar to civilian occupational health practice in that it involves three stakeholders: the clientele, their employer (ie commanders), and health service providers.To remain relevant military health organisations must… Read more »

By Neil Westphalen In   Issue Volume 16 No. 4 .

President’s Message

Vale Sandy Ferguson – 1917-2008 It is with great sadness that the Association records the passing of one of its Honorary Members, Surgeon Captain AS “Sandy” Ferguson, AM RFD VRD* RANR (Retd). Sandy Ferguson was an inspiration to all those who met him. An institution among Naval Reservists in Melbourne, and particularly at the former… Read more »

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