Changes in surgical workload at the JF Med Gp Role 3 Hospital, Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, November 2008-November 2010
Jacobs SLN et al. – The surgical workload at the Role 3 Hospital, Camp Bastion, Afghanistan is increasing. This is a result not only of increasing casualty numbers but also of increasingly severe injury patterns. With the growing use of powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs), traumatic lower limb amputations in particular are becoming more common, and are increasingly associated with significant pelvic and perineal injury. These complex injury patterns necessitate a multi–surgeon approach, and it is important these trends are noted for future planning of medical support to military operations in Afghanistan.