Medical Management of Iraqi Enemy Prisoners of War during Operation Telic
Authors: Tuck, Jeremy John Hobart; Tuck, Jeremy John Hobart
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 170, Number 3, March 2005 , pp. 177-182(6)
Abstract:Objective: To describe the background to the provision of medical support to enemy prisoners of war (EPW) and the clinical activity undertaken at the EPW medical treatment facility. Methods: Data were recovered from operational diaries and individual patient records to show EPW attendance rates at routine sick call, diagnoses made, and medications prescribed. Results: EPW presented at an average rate of 1.2 cases per 100 EPW per day. Trauma, musculoskeletal, and dental problems accounted for 52% of presentations. Medications for mild/moderate pain and broad-spectrum antibiotics accounted for nearly 65% of prescriptions. Cultural and security issues presented additional challenges to medical staff members. Conclusions: Provision of medical support for EPW is an enduring task covered by the Geneva Conventions. EPW present a wide range of ailments at routine sick call that require suitable medications, all provided in a culturally appropriate and secure environment.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 2005
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