Accession Number:

ADA256600

Title:

A Descriptive Analysis of Wounds Among U.S. Marines Treated at Second Echelon Facilities in the Kuwaiti Theater of Operations

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 1991-Sep 1992

Corporate Author:

NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date:

1992-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

Medical data from 120 U.S. Marines Corps trauma admissions to second echelon facilities during Operation Desert ShieldStorm were examined. Sixty- five percent of the admissions occurred between February 22 and February 28, the time frame corresponding to the ground war and the preliminary mobilization period. Penetrating wounds were the most prevalent type of injury, followed by lacerations, open fractures, and closed fractures. The most frequent anatomical regions sustaining injuries were the leg, head, hand, and arm, respectively. Shrapnel was the causative agent of 63 of the admissions that had this variable recorded while gunfire was the cause in 20 of the cases. The median injury-to- admission interval increased from 0.67 hours in the non-ground war period to 4. 41 during the ground war. U.S. Marines, Gulf War, Medical Battalion, Second Echelon Medical Facilities, Combat Casualties, Kuwait.

Subject Categories:

  • Weapons Effects (Biological)
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE