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The Provision of Intensive Care and High Dependency Care in the Field
  1. Lt Col MJ Roberts, MA BM BCh FRCA RAMC, Consultant1,
  2. Dr JB Salmon, MB BChir FRCP, Consultant2 and
  3. Major PJ Sadler, MB ChB FRCA RAMC, Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Specialist Advisor in Intensive Care Medicine3
  1. 1Anaesthetics and Intensive Care The Royal Hospital Haslar and The John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford
  2. 2Intensive Care Medicine The John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford
  3. 3The Royal Hospital Haslar and The Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth


The Defence Medical Services aspire to deliver, whenever possible, United Kingdom peacetime standards of care to servicemen injured on active service. This level of medical support calls for the provision of adequate critical care to the severely ill or injured. This paper discusses the role of critical care in the field and how it may be most effectively deployed.

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