New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy
The priority of operation followed at that time was:
Abdomens, bleeders, sucking chests.
Amputations, fractures with swelling or bleeding, joint injuries, large flesh wounds, especially with swollen limbs and situated in the buttock, thigh, or calf.
Heads, eyes, jaws, spines.
The abdomens were treated as first priority and so were dealt with frequently at the MDS of the field ambulances.