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Call to Duty: US Military Plastic Surgery Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

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Journal Article - Open Access

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U.S. Navy Medical Support Team, Operation Gotham, Joint Task Force COVID-19 Pandemic Response New York United States

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The coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19 pandemic has impacted healthcare throughout the globe. Elective surgery cases were paused nonelective cases declined significantly and redeployment of specialists became a reality. The rise in hot zones located throughout the United States contributed to our militarys rapid mobilization of medical assets to these trouble spots. Our plastic surgeons serving in the Armed Forces have answered the call and have been repurposed into leadership, logistical, and clinical roles outside of their traditional scope of practice. We have been deployed to sea-based platforms ie, USNS Mercy and Comfort, field hospitals eg, the Javits Center, N.Y., as well as embedded within medical centers in cities where the COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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