What are the most important lessons that can be learned for clinical application from head and neck trauma treatment in a war zone?
Background: During the last 10 years, several thousand head and neck trauma patients have been treated at American war zone medical facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. This study compares and contrasts head and neck trauma characteristics and treatment in each locale and identifies trauma lessons that can be applied to civilian practice.
Explore this issue:October 2013
Study design: Retrospective review of operative logs and medical records of one head and neck surgeon’s operative experience in Iraq (Sept. 13, 2004, to Jan. 13, 2005) and Afghanistan (May 20, 2009 to Nov. 15, 2009).
Setting: Department of Surgery, San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas; Iraq; Afghanistan.