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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Evacuation of Cases from the Forward Operating Centres

Evacuation of Cases from the Forward Operating Centres

Patients were normally evacuated at the earliest possible moment as soon as they were fully recovered from the anaesthetic. Certain types of cases, however, were held:

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Cases unfit to travel, whatever the lesion. These were held for further resuscitation.


Abdominals: As already mentioned, these were held for ten to fourteen days.


Chests: Severe cases were often quite unfit for travel and were held for several days.


Burns: Severe cases were too shocked and toxaemic to travel for some days.


Anaerobic infection: These cases were held for urgent treatment and to prevent change of surgeon.


Haemorrhage: If any danger felt of further bleeding.


Gangrene: Impending gangrene cases were held for observation.

On the other hand:


Head cases travelled very well, the only difficulty being restlessness.


Chest cases, if no distress in breathing, travelled comfortably.


Spine cases also were satisfactory.


All fractures, if adequately splinted, were no trouble.