Medical management of Iraqi enemy prisoners of war during Operation Telic

Military Medicine
Jeremy John Hobart Tuck

Abstract

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. Data were recovered from operational diaries and individual patient records to show EPW attendance rates at routine sick call, diagnoses made, and medications prescribed. 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. 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.

Citations

Sep 19, 2012·Prehospital and Disaster Medicine·Lewis J KaplanJonathan Mulhern
Oct 16, 2013·Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps·Robin G SimpsonJ J Tuck

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