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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-41

The results of the three-month co-operation between a German and a Greek surgical team in a role II military hospital in Afghanistan

1 Department of Second Surgical, 401 General Army Hospital of Athens, Greece
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, 424 General Army Hospital of Thessaloniki, Greece
3 Department of First Orthopaedic, 251 General Air force Hospital of Athens, Greece
4 Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, German Armed Forces Hospital of Koblenz, Germany
5 Department of Orthopaedic and Vessel Surgery, German Armed Forces Hospital of Ulm, Germany
6 Department of Visceral and Thoracic Surgery, German Armed Forces Hospital of Ulm, Germany

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Stavros Gourgiotis
Department of Second Surgical, 401 General Army Hospital of Athens
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.93110

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Background and Aim: There are a lot of unique challenges for the military medical personnel assigned to Afghanistan. We evaluate the results of the co-operation between a German and a Greek surgical team during a 3-month period in a role II hospital. Materials and Methods: Patients who were admitted to the role II German hospital of Kunduz were evaluated. We reviewed the type of diseases, mechanism and location of injuries, management, types of surgical procedures, blood supply, and outcome. Results: The data included 792 ISAF patients, 18 NGOs patients, and 296 local patients. Out of them, 71.6% of the patients were ISAF personnel; 51 patients underwent a surgical operation; 35 of them were operated in an emergency base. Fifty-five surgical procedures were performed. In 22 (43.1%) of these patients, orthopedic procedures were performed, while in the rest 29 (56.9%) patients the operations were of general surgery interest. Gunshot injuries were the main mechanism of injury for locals, whereas ISAF personnel were usually presented with injuries after IEDs and rocket attacks. A total number of 11 patients were transferred to role III military hospitals for further treatment within 24 hours. Conclusions: The co-operation between surgical teams from different countries, when appropriately trained, staffed, and equipped, can be highly effective in a combat environment.

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