Comfort's Casualty care System Works!

Foote, Frederick
February 2006
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Feb2006, Vol. 132 Issue 2, p74
Conference Proceeding
This article presents information about the casualty care system on the U.S. hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20). During the hospital ship's 2003 deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom, the ship successfully treated more than 360 battle casualties in 37 days--a rate comparable to that of the hospital ship USS Sanctuary (AH-17) during the Vietnam war. The lessons of this experience should be applied to the other surgical platforms. Effective casualty care involves four distinct phases: triage, resuscitation, surgery and intensive care. In an ideal situation, epitomized by Comfort, patients move swiftly and smoothly through these phases. The number of patients through the operating room in 24 hours determines a ship's effectiveness as a surgical platform.


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