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Paediatric Intensive Care in the Field Hospital
  1. CC Harris, Clinical tutor Critical Care1 and
  2. Lt Col JJK McNicholas, RAMC, Consultant in Critical Care Medicine2
  1. 1MDHU Northallerton
  2. 2MDHU Portsmouth, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 3LY jjkmcn{at}


Our recent experience of paediatric critical care during UK military operations in Afghanistan is discussed alongside consideration of the background to the paediatric critical care service on deployment. We describe the intensive care unit’s capabilities, details of recent paediatric critical care admissions during July to September 2008 and some of the ethical issues arising. Some desirable future developments will be suggested.

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