Accession Number : ADA223195


Title :   Medical Resource Allocation: Injury and Disease Incidence among Marines in Vietnam


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA


Personal Author(s) : Blood, C G ; Griffith, D K ; Nirona, C B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a223195.pdf


Report Date : Sep 1989


Pagination or Media Count : 148


Abstract : The Deployable Medical systems (DEPMEDS) initiative requires that estimates of the patient conditions expected to be present in a theater of operations be projected. These patient conditions are used to quantify the medical resources to be allocated during an operational scenario. Included among the patient conditions are battle injuries, and diseases and non-battle injuries (DNBI). The patient conditions were converted into their closest diagnostic equivalents within the recording system used at Navy impatient treatment facilities (ICD9). Frequencies of patient conditions (PCs) were determined for U.S. Marines serving in Vietnam. Rates of PCs per 1000 strength per day were computed and a proportional distribution was tabulated. The five highest rates of battle injury conditions were open wound chest/back, open wound leg, open wound shoulder, open wound hip/thigh, and wound face/jaw/neck; highest rates among DNBI conditions were: malaria, severe febrile illness, non-psychotic mental disorder, cellulitis, and joint disorders. Not all hospitalizations were accounted for by the patient condition codes schema. Keywords: Patient conditions, Battle injuries, Marines, Vietnam U.S. Navy medicine, Casualties.


Descriptors :   *ALLOCATIONS , *MEDICAL SERVICES , FREQUENCY , SCENARIOS , DEPLOYMENT , THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS , HIGH RATE , DISTRIBUTION , NAVY , INTENSITY , DISEASES , CODING , MEDICINE , ILLNESS , CASUALTIES , RECORDING SYSTEMS , WOUNDS AND INJURIES , RESOURCE MANAGEMENT , PATIENTS , THORAX , MALARIA , MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL , HOSPITALIZATIONS , BATTLES , SHOULDERS(ANATOMY) , HIP , VIETNAM , FEVERS , LEGS , NONCOMBATANT


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE