Naval Support Activity Hospital, Danang, Combat Casualty Study.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The objective of this paper was to provide a description of the casualites admitted to NSAH, Danang. Data collected at NSAH during this six month period was used to determine the number of months in service in Vietnam, days on operation, combat experience, location at time of injury, wounding agent, casualty transit time, wound description, triage and operating room use, admission hematocrit, units of blood given, type of anesthesia administered, and disposition. Demographic information was obtained by matching the service numbers to the record of the Naval Health Research Center hospitalization and career data base. The results indicate that the majority of the casualties admitted to NSAH were Caucasian, infantrymen, less than 25 years old, and in the service less than two years. Artillery, mortars, and rockets accounted for the largest number of admissions. Most casualties were admitted to NSAH within five hours of injury. The majority of the injuries occurred in the lower and upper extremities. The demographic information indicated that the casualties were representative of what is generally known about those who served in Vietnam. The injury and wounding agents descriptions were reflective of the nature of combat occuring in the Vietnam War. Keywords Surgical treatment and Wounding agents.
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