From the Surgeon General of the Navy

Operational Medicine 2001

Health Care in Military Settings

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From the Special Operations Command Surgeon

Operational or military medicine is based on the standard principles of medicine, as practiced in the best of the world's medical centers. But in many operational settings, those principles may be applied in ways different from traditional civilian settings. 

While there are many reasons for this difference, three important ones are:

  • Isolation
  • Limited Resources
  • Operational circumstances may influence the provision of medical care.

This manual is designed to provide physicians, nurses, corpsmen and other health care providers with guidance on safe and effective medical care in such settings.

Home: The front page of Operational Medicine. This is where you are now.

Military Medicine: Military-specific topics. 

Sick Call: Advice on managing a military sick call. Diagnosis and treatment of more than 100 common complaints are provided.

Basic Exams: Text, pictures and videos and sounds demonstrating basic medical examination techniques.

Medical Procedures: Text, pictures and videos and sounds showing how to perform many basic medical procedures..

Lab and X-ray: Descriptions of commonly-used laboratory tests and x-rays found in operational settings. Both normals and abnormals are provided

The Pharmacy: Descriptions of 350 medications used in this manual, including a general description, Indications, Contraindications, Precautions, Usual Dosage, Other Information, and Pregnancy Category.

The Library: A collection of over 50 military health care books and manuals which may prove useful to you in operational settings.

Equipment: Description and use of medical equipment commonly employed in military settings.

Patient Transport: The things you should know about MEDEVAC, CASEVAC, and patient movement in general. The unique features of the commonly-used patient transportation methods (helicopters, ambulances, ships, aircraft).

Medical Force Protection: Operations in the extremes of heat, cold, and altitude. Food sanitation and field hygiene.

Operational Safety: The things you should know about living and moving safely in a battlefield or shipboard environment.

Operational Settings: The unique aspects of military health care in the Army, Navy,  Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

Special Operations: Medical activities among the Special Operations Forces have some unique challenges.

Humanitarian Missions: The use of military medical resources in support of humanitarian missions.

Instructions/Orders: Publications from different services providing guidance in military medicine issues

Other Agencies: Military health care providers will sometimes interact with medical providers from other governmental agencies, and from non-governmental agencies.

Video Gallery: A collection of 30 video clips included on this CD.

Phone Consultation: A list of telephone numbers for American military medical treatment facilities, throughout the world.

Forms: Standard medical forms commonly used in the Department of Defense.

Web Links: If you are connected to the internet, these links will connect you with a variety of medical and military resources.

Acknowledgements: Those who have made this CD possible.

Help: How to use this CD.

Feedback: Contact us with your comments and suggestions for improvements.

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CH-47 and CH-53

NEO (Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation)



Home  ·  Military Medicine  ·  Sick Call  ·  Basic Exams  ·  Medical Procedures  ·  Lab and X-ray  ·  The Pharmacy  ·  The Library  ·  Equipment  ·  Patient Transport  ·  Medical Force Protection  ·  Operational Safety  ·  Operational Settings  ·  Special Operations  ·  Humanitarian Missions  ·  Instructions/Orders  ·  Other Agencies  ·  Video Gallery  ·  Forms  ·  Web Links  ·  Acknowledgements  ·  Help  ·  Feedback

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Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Department of the Navy
2300 E Street NW
Washington, D.C

Operational Medicine
 Health Care in Military Settings
CAPT Michael John Hughey, MC, USNR
  January 1, 2001

United States Special Operations Command
7701 Tampa Point Blvd.
MacDill AFB, Florida

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