The Rate of Dental Emergencies in French Armed Forces Deployed to Afghanistan
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 176, Number 7, July 2011 , pp. 828-832(5)
Abstract:ABSTRACTObjectives: The objectives of this study were as follows: (1) to quantify the dental emergency (DE) rate observed in French soldiers serving in Afghanistan and (2) to determine the percentage of DEs that could have been prevented had predeployment treatment been provided. Methods: All DEs presenting at the French medical-surgical hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, were documented during the period of December 12, 2009 to February 6, 2010. Dental Officers documented (1) the etiology of each DE and (2) whether the DE could have been prevented with predeployment treatment. Results: An estimated rate of 293 DE per 1,000 personnel per year was observed, 78% of the 210 DEs were considered preventable, and 65% of patients required medical evacuation from their units. Conclusion: Previous studies have observed high DE rates for French Army personnel. The intensity, danger, and geography of the mission in Afghanistan exacerbate the negative operational impact of dental pathologies.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Military School of Artillery, BP 400 83007 Draguignan cedex, France. 2: Military Hospital Sainte Anne, 2 Boulevard Sainte Anne, BP 20545 83041 Toulon cedex 9, France. 3: Military Hospital Begin, 69 avenue de Paris, 94163 Saint-Mandé cedex, France. 4: Military Hospital Val de Grace, 74 boulevard de port royal, 75230 Paris cedex 5, France. 5: Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio, 3650 Chambers Pass—Building 3610, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234.
Publication date: 2011-07-01
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