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For debate: on-the-person battlefield antibiotics
  1. Edward Rogers1,2 and
  2. C Wright3
  1. 1 Army Medical Services Support Unit, Robertson House, RMAS, Camberly, UK
  2. 2 Department of Anaesthesia, Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley, UK
  3. 3 Emergency Department, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Capt Edward Rogers, Department of Anaesthesia, Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley, GU16 7UJ, UK;{at}


Wound infection has always been an important contributor to mortality and morbidity on the battlefield. On-the-person antibiotics have long been suggested as one way to help combat this, which have already been implemented by some North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners. This paper is an up-to-date review of the evidence of the efficacy of on-the-person antibiotics and whether the British military should look to use them in the near future.

  • accident and emergency medicine
  • anaesthetics
  • microbiology
  • infectious diseases
  • surgery
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  • Contributors CW conceived the idea and provided expert opinion with ER conducting the literature review and writing the paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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