Category Archives: Case of the Month

Multiple Gunshot Wounds – Part 2

On the day of the injury, the trauma surgical team immediately initiated advanced trauma life support stabilization protocols for trauma resuscitation. They achieved intravenous access and initiated shock treatment. A warmed operating room had been prepared and blood products were … Continue reading

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Multiple Gunshot Wounds – Part 1 Now Live

Maj Smith, a 22-year-old male, was just three weeks into his second tour of duty. While on foot patrol one afternoon, Smith and his squad broke off from the company to begin house-to-house searches in one of the more dangerous … Continue reading

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Case of the Month – UXO Hand – Part 2 Now Live

Aeromedical evacuation to a higher echelon care facility was not approved for this patient.  The surgical team’s first task was to clean and revise her amputations. They removed her index finger metacarpal because it was already fractured near its base … Continue reading

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Case of the Month – UXO Hand – Part 1 Now Live

Twelve-year-old Muna Z. was playing outside her home when a half buried object caught her eye.  Always inquisitive, she started to dig up the item to discover what it was.  As Muna Z. leaned over to pull the object from … Continue reading

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Case of the Month — Spanning Fixation and Proximal Femur

M. Aziz, a 52-year-old male Afghan civilian, sustained a right tibia shaft fracture, a left tibial plateau fracture, and a left subtrochanteric fracture after driving over an improvised explosive device while on his way to visit his brother.        Question:  … Continue reading

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Case of the Month — Above-Knee Amputation Now Live

Ara K., a 14-year-old girl, along with her sister and cousin, were riding in a civilian bus when it ran over an improvised explosive device (IED). Although the site had recently been discovered and cleared, a new IED had already … Continue reading

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Case of the Month – Hip Injury – Part 2 Now Live

The surgeon immediately recognized that Spc Walsh had a closed left hip fracture dislocation and without delay attempted a manual closed reduction. Unfortunately, this was not successful, even with the patient under anesthesia. The surgeon then attempted another closed reduction, … Continue reading

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Case of the Month – Hip Injury – Part 1 Now Live

While returning to camp, a small convoy of coalition soldiers traveling in a mine resistant vehicle triggered an improvised explosive device (IED). The vehicle rolled over in the blast, injuring the passengers. Spc Walsh, a 32-year-old soldier, was treated by … Continue reading

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Displaced Femoral Neck Fracture – Part 2 Now Live

After creating a hand made blade plate, the surgeons treated Haamid T. with open reduction and internal fixation. They used a 3.5 mm limited contact dynamic compression plate (LC-DCP) that was sized and bent to fit. Due to the possibility … Continue reading

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Displaced Femoral Neck Fracture – Part 1 Now Live

Haamid T., a ten-year-old boy, was on his rooftop collecting bullet casings when he tripped and fell eight feet to the ground. The next day he was brought by his uncle to the local national hospital with a swollen, painful … Continue reading

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