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NHS can learn from “exemplary” service provided to UK soldiers on front line

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b893
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    NHS emergency services should learn from the care given to British troops wounded on the front line, which the health service watchdog has described as “exemplary.”

    Ian Kennedy, chairman of the Healthcare Commission, said that urgent and emergency care services in the NHS could learn a lot from how the defence service plans and prepares to treat casualties quickly, the innovations it uses to treat major injuries, and how it trains its staff.

    “A soldier wounded in battle can be airlifted from a conflict zone and undergo an operation in Britain within 24 hours, offering a better chance of survival than ever before,” …

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