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Type: Journal article
Title: Australian experience with frozen blood products on military operations
Author: Neuhaus, S.
Wishaw, K.
Lelkens, C.
Citation: Medical Journal of Australia, 2010; 192(4):203-205
Publisher: Australasian Med Publ Co Ltd
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 0025-729X
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Neuhaus Susan J., Wishaw Ken and Lelkens Charles
Abstract: Historically, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has sourced all its blood supplies from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Recent ADF operations in the Middle East have highlighted a need to rely on other nations' blood supply systems. In 2008, the ADF embedded a surgical and intensive care team into the Netherlands-led forward health facility at the Uruzgan Medical Centre at Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan. To date, three teams have provided 2-month rotations as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. The Netherlands armed forces use a sophisticated system for supply of liquid and frozen blood products (frozen red cells, plasma and platelets). We review Australian experience with the Dutch system of supplying blood products for major trauma resuscitation in Afghanistan.
Keywords: Humans
Wounds and Injuries
Blood Preservation
Blood Transfusion
Military Medicine
Military Personnel
Blood Banks
DOI: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03479.x
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