Operational Cost Analysis of Dental Emergencies for Deployed U.S. Army Personnel During Operation Iraqi Freedom
ARMY INST OF SURGICAL RESEARCH FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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The documentation of dental emergency DE rates in past global conflicts has been well established however, little is known about wartime DE costs on the battlefield. Using DEs as an example for decreased combat effectiveness, this article analyzes the cost of treating DEs in theater, both in terms of fixed and variable costs, and also highlighted the difficulties that military units experience when faced with degradation of combat manpower because of DEs. The study found that Dental-Disease and Non-Battle Injury cost the U.S. Army a total of 21.4M between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, and 21.9M between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. The results also revealed that approximately 32 of DE required follow-up treatment over the 2-year period, which increased the costs associated with a DE over time. Understanding the etiology and cost of DE cases, military dental practitioners will be better equipped to provide oral health instructions and preventive measures before worldwide deployments.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Forces and Organizations