Death rate is higher for female soldiers than male counterparts, conference is told

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 27 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4779
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The death rate for US female soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan is higher than for their male counterparts and we don’t know why, Captain Jessica Cross Rivera, who is stationed at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas, told a conference.

She was surprised by this recent finding because, in the US, men are twice as likely as women to die of trauma. Furthermore, “In animal [trauma] studies, female subjects survive more than male animals,” and hospitalised women have a survival advantage with fewer episodes of pneumonia and postoperative infections.

The US Public Health Service officer was speaking at a conference in Washington, DC, that focused on caring for women soldiers and veterans. It was sponsored by the Society for Women’s Health …

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