Surgery in Expeditionary Strike Group
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 174, Number 3, March 2009 , pp. 241-244(4)
Abstract:ABSTRACTThere is little published data that quantifies the types of surgical and medical cases encountered during a 6-month West Pacific (WestPac) deployment with naval and marine assets. Methods: We report our fleet surgical team case series during a greater than 6-month 2006 WestPac deployment onboard a casualty receiving-and-treatment ship (CRTS) of an expeditionary strike group (ESG), previously known as an amphibious ready group (ARG)-marine expeditionary unit (MEU). Results: One hundred twenty surgical cases were performed but only 37 cases (31%) were urgent; the remaining 82 cases were elective. Of the urgent surgical cases, only 8 cases (6.7%) required the skills of a general surgeon and none were emergent. Conclusion: the role of a surgical team on an ARG-MEU mission must be re-evaluated during the decreasing availability of surgical assets during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave., Shapiro TCC-355, Boston, MA 02215. 2: NAVMEDCEN SAN DIEGO, 34800 Bob Wilson Dr., San Diego, CA 92134. 3: Naval Trauma Training Center, LA County and USC Medical Center, Unit 6300, 1200 N. State St., Los Angeles, CA 90033.
Publication date: 2009-03-01
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