Five minutes with . . . Mark de Rond

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 10 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1795
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. The BMJ

The Cambridge University ethnographer talks about his time with a trauma surgical team at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan

“The field hospital [at Camp Bastion] has developed a reputation for being the most successful trauma unit anywhere in the world, including any prior war. Just short of 20 000 casualties were admitted from April 2006 to July 2013. Even when accounting for the effective use of helicopters and protective gear, the team’s ability to save lives remains second to none, with survival rates for armed forces personnel in excess of 99%. If you include enemy patients and non-combatants, 96% survived their stay. My …

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