Monday, April 26, 2010

Triage in Afghanistan...

What's wrong with this picture?

1. Immediate
, NATO and selected Afghan forces:
Evacuated and treated by the most efficient, best equipped and effective battlefield medical system in history. NATO wounded also benefit from the entire healthcare infrastructure of their home states.

2. Immediate, Afghan forces:
Sent to Afghan military hospitals. Delays and struggles. Poorly coordinated, ill-equipped. Follow-up care of wounded in situ - one the poorest countries on Earth. No evacuations to the big US hospital at Landstuhl. No ongoing support from developed country healthcare systems.

3. Immediate, Afghan civilians:
Multi-hour jeep rides into Khandahar. Surgical teams from the ICRC and others. All care in situ.

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