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
- infectious diseases
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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.
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