Good medicine in bad places
While the emergency room is exciting enough for most of us, Peter J Morgan-Warren learnt about the doctor's role on the battlefield
- By: Peter J Morgan-Warren
The radio call came through at about 5 15 pm. Headquarters had been attacked and there were casualties—lots of casualties. In minutes a plan had been made and explained to the medical staff. As part of the team, I helped empty the field aid station of essential supplies before heading out to a “mass casualty scenario” in an armoured truck.
Our arrival was greeted by machine gun fire, explosions, noise, and chaos. On the field in front of us were casualties—patients with amputated limbs, abdominal wounds, penetrating chest trauma, and acute stress reactions. The site was secured, a triage point set up, and the casualties were retrieved, triaged, treated, and categorised for urgent evacuation. Slowly, order was brought to the scene and the last of the patients were put in ambulances. Mission accomplished.
This was the culmination of “Operation Bushmaster,” a 72-hour field exercise carried out in the heart of