Tag Archives: emergency

A Medical Device for the Ages: Historical Notes on Admiral Stokes’ Stretcher

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery “In taking up the subject of the transport of disabled persons one is amazed at the enormous energy that has been expended in that direction, and is disappointed at the crudeness of the devices that have been evolved.” ~Rear Adm. Charles Francis Stokes *** Washington, D.C., 1927:   At …

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Searching for Systems-Based Solutions to Enhance Readiness

By Cmdr. Benjamin Walrath I am Cmdr. Benjamin Walrath, an Emergency Medicine physician, former surface warfare officer and flight surgeon, pursuing an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Disaster Medicine fellowship through the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. My tour as a flight surgeon was with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-28) Dragon Whales in Norfolk, Virginia.  It was the summer …

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NAMRU-3 Cairo’s Virology Program : Monitoring and studying disease threats in CENTCOM and AFRICOM Part 1

By Lt. Cmdr. Gabriel Defang I’d like to discuss NAMRU-3’s Viral and Zoonotic Disease Research Program, aka the Virology Program. Our mission is to study, monitor and detect emerging and reemerging disease threats of importance to the U.S. military and public health. My department focuses on viral infectious tropical diseases. We are well placed in Egypt to conduct studies in …

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Presence Matters: Navy Medicine’s Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response in Africa Pt. 2

By Dr. Michael Owens, Emergency Department physician, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and director, Global Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Response Fellowship An Insider’s Perspective – Fighting Ebola Inside the “Hot Zone” I responded to her by saying, “I worry more about the provider who is not afraid.” This seemed to calm the nurse who was about to enter the confirmed ward …

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Inside Heart Health Month with Navy Medicine’s Lead Cardiologist

By Capt. Eric Schwartzman, U.S. Navy Specialty Leader for Cardiology and Director, Heart and Vascular Center, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth The young active duty sailor was sitting on the gurney with a frightened and anxious look. The emergency room physician just informed him the chest pain he was experiencing was a heart attack. His first thoughts were to his young …

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