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Intensive care medicine on military operations in the resource-limited environment: a case series
  1. Jeyasankar Jeyanathan1,2,
  2. D O'Brien3 and
  3. J E Smith4,5
  1. 1 Academic Department of Military Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Institute of Research and Development, Birmingham Research Park, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 Department of Intensive Care Medicine and Department of Anaesthetics, St George's University Hospital London, London, UK
  3. 3 Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK
  4. 4 Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  5. 5 Emergency Department, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Plymouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Jeyasankar Jeyanathan, Academic Department of Military Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Institute of Research and Development, Birmingham Research Park, Birmingham B15 2SQ, UK; jjeyanathan{at}doctors.org.uk

Abstract

This paper describes a series of critically ill patients who were cared for at a UK military field hospital during Op TRENTON 4, in support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. These cases highlight the potential challenges in managing the critically ill patient during contingency operations that take place in an austere resource-limited environment.

  • intensive & critical care
  • adult intensive & critical care
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  • Contributors The authors of this paper contributed fairly and evenly through the process of writing and completing this paper. JJ is the primary author who developed the article, contributed the most to the text and produced the final submission. DO’B contributed significantly to the text, in particular the case descriptions. JES contributed to the whole article in a senior editing and advisory role. All cases are anonymised to protect the identities of the patients involved.

  • 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 for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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