Accession Number : ADA520121


Title :   Nonbattle Injury Among Deployed Troops: An Epidemiologic Study


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NEW YORK MEDICAL COLL VALHALLA


Personal Author(s) : Skeehan, Christopher D ; Tribble, David R ; Sanders, John W ; Putnam, Shannon D ; Armstrong, Adam W ; Riddle, Mark S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a520121.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 9


Abstract : (n = 150) Nonbattle injury (NBI) continues to be a leading cause of morbidity among troops currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. To assess NBI incidence, impact, and risk factors, a survey was given to soldiers during mid- or postdeployment from Iraq, Afghanistan, and surrounding region, from January 2005 through May 2006. Among 3,367 troops completing a survey, 19.5% reported at least one NBI, and 85% sought care at least once for their symptoms. Service component, rank, and unit type were among factors associated with differential NBI risk. Twenty percent stated that NBI resulted in back-up personnel being called or shift change to cover impacted duties, and among those reported having been grounded from flight status, a third were the result of NBI. NBI continues to be a problem in recent deployments, and given the findings on individual and potential operational impact indicators, NBI should be viewed as a primary force health protection problem.


Descriptors :   *DEPLOYMENT , *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *EPIDEMIOLOGY , *WOUNDS AND INJURIES , MEDICAL EVACUATION , AFGHANISTAN , NONCOMBATANT , ARMY PERSONNEL , RISK , IRAQ , SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE