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Author Name:Hughes, Basil
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1919 Excerpt: ...these cases have to be operated upon, then the sooner the better.
It must never be forgotten that cases of abdominal injuries stand a motor journey very badly, and on this account special hospitals for their treatment were provided nearer to the line than the ordinary casualty clearing stations during and before the Somme offensive of 1916.
Abdominal wounds have been operated upon at certaia field ambulances, and the results have quite justified the undertaking.
Urgent cases in which intra-abdominal haemorrhage has occurred, and which have survived to reach a field ambulance, should,; if there be any hope of success, be operated upon immediately.
' (4) Tracheotomy.--This operation should be performed early for serious wounds about the neck or jaw in which the larynx is involved.
All bandages should be inspected prior to evacuation to a casualty clearing station, in order to see that they are not too tight and are not causing constriction of the limb.
Antitetanic serum, 500 units, should be administered to every wounded man, and a record of this made on the field card, with notes of any operation that may have been performed.
Fractures should be inspected and, if necessary, appliances readjusted in order to maintain absolute immobilisation during motor transport to the casualty clearing station.
This should, if possible, be done without the aid of an anaesthetic, as these wounded men have usually to undergoanother operation at the clearing station, and two anaesthetics in rapid succession at this stage are badly borne.
Medical comforts in the form of beef-tea, stimulants, etc., can be given to suitable cases before undertaking the journey to the next unit.
Dressing of Wounds at the Field Ambulances.--Wherever time permits, severe wounds should have the skin ...
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