Army Medicine, new techniques????

Discussion in 'Professionally Qualified, RAMC and QARANC' started by JackieCardiffUni, Jun 1, 2009.

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  1. I'm a medical student at Cardiff Uni and I'm trying to do a project on being a doctor in the army.

    My main interest is: Can the NHS learn anything for the way the army practices medicine? New techniques/ equipment/ staff levels and especially coping with haemorrhage. (and also vice versa- army learn anything for NHS?!)

    If there are any army doctors/ people with experience of medicine in the army it would be great if you could give me any ideas.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    Moved from the Joining Up forum. :roll:
     
  3. Get on the number 35 bus and go to Landaff North TA centre and ask the members of 203, or ask around the Heath as thats where they all work
     
  4. First off, no offense, but 8 year olds do "projects on being doctors in the army". Is the thesis material you're working on or just something for class cause that's going to change the caliber of information you're going to need and in chance receive.

    Second, as with civilian health care, doctors aren't the only ones involved in care of the sick and injured. How a CMT manages an injured comrade is obviously going to be different to how he eventually is managed in a field hospital or eventually out of theater setting.

    Third, I'm not expert and all, but ARRSE isn't exactly a peer reviewed journal nor do I think it fits the criteria for accurate and reliable qualitative survey material. Also seems to me like you've got WAY to broad a base to be working with here. What specific aspect of army medicine are you looking to learn from? There's a huge difference between peace time sick parade and front line combat medicine.

    Are you looking into how the army manages trauma in a combat situation? Are you looking into surgical techniques? Are you looking into specific equipment being used in field hospitals?

    I'm not trying to be a prick, I just think if you're serious about this project you need to focus your area of interest more so you can start asking more direct questions.

    In the mean time, this article might help point you in the right direction. Its American and although the articles are all "independent" research its sponsored by a company that sells combat medicine type gizzits but I seem to remember most of the articles being at least mildly informative.

    War On Trauma
     
  5. Ok, so the thing I'm doing is a called an SSC- student slected component which can take any form, audit, literature review etc. Mine is an exploratory study- my tutor wants to keep it on a personal level i.e. not too much medical jargon etc.

    The post is for army doctors but also anyone who has had an experience of health care i.e. nurses, first aiders or anyone been injured to find out about their experience.

    I appreciate this is all opinion and not evidence based etc but i am also looking at journal articles but i wanted both sides of the story.

    My main focus is trauma in an emergency situation, triage/ equipment/ techniques etc and my main interest has stemmed from a BMJ article called lessons for the battlefield. It talks about 'First Class Care', i.e. multiple first aiders on the scene/ specialist equipment like the HemCon bandgae/ using intraosseous needles and fresh platelets being available for clotting problems. My idea was to see if anyone came up with any similar ideas or opinions and anything that they think the NHS should be using.

    Hope that clarifies it better!
     
  6. Start here
    CQC
    Pages 13 - 15 are a pretty good synopsis of what we do well and might bear emulating within the NHS.
    If you have the time read the full report (for accuracy and balance) and you'll also see that there are some areas where we need to get our act together.

    For haemostasis and surgery etc follow the links below:
    Damage Control Resuscitation
    &
    Forward surgery
    &
    Coagulation
    & then again
    Touniquets

    Enjoy - hope this helps