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Attendances at a Field Hospital emergency department during operations in Iraq November 2003 to March 2004 (Operation Telic III)
  1. Maj PDA Reavley, RAMC, Specialist Registrar1 and
  2. Maj JJM Black, RAMC(V), Consultant Emergency Medicine2
  1. 1Emergency Medicine Queen Alexandra Hospital Cosham PO6 3LY paulreavley{at}
  2. 2John Radcliffe Hospital Headley Way Oxford OX3 9DU


Objective This study investigated the types of presentations; time lines and disposal of patients from the international, local and military community in Southern Iraq.

Methods All presentations to the Emergency Department (ED) were clinically and demographically coded and entered onto an electronic database.

Results During the period studied the emergency department dealt with 1455 new presentations of which 75% were UK Armed Forces personnel.

Conclusions This represented a busy period in the field hospitals time in Iraq and offered valuable training to emergency medicine trainees in an unusual environment.

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