Archives for April 4, 2003

More from Dr. Gupta

Dr. Gupta (CNN) is back forward with his Devil Docs. Interesting reading, and makes quite a point that 75% of the patients are Iraqi and they are getting the same medical care our troops get. Contrast that with how our POW’s are treated.

US Casualties being Evac’d out of Theater

I have noticed that many of the US casualties (all that I have heard reported) have ben evacuated to permanent US medical facilities, either in Germany or the US. This is probably a good idea, but it makes me wonder what the medical facilities in-country are doing?

I know we have at least one Navy Fleet Hospital deployed there (and probably a lot more), and just one is a lot of capability. It’s entirely possible that this is reporting selection bias, that the ones I’ve heard of who have been evacuated out of theater are the only ones the reporters know about, so that’s what they report. I have no idea what criteria are used to evac casulaties out of theater, and I’m sure those evacuated go through medical stabilization in one of thoes in-country facility before flying away. Perhaps these are casualties who will not be able to be returned to the fight, perhaps they have specialty treatment issues driving their evacuation.

What I do know is that from my worm’s eye view I’d like to see some better coverage of the in-theater treatment, and I’m glad they’re there.

April Fooled by Dr. Rangel

Well, the hunch was right. Dr. Rangel recently announced he was shifting his blog to Spanish to fill a void in Spanish medical blogs. I wrote about it, then added an update that, as it was written on April 1st, it could be an April Fool’s prank.

Guess what? I have just read a nice email from Dr. Rangel congratulating me for being the only one who suspected the switch wasn’t what it appeared to be. I guess I should have seen it coming, and now we all know. It’s a pretty good joke on me, and from now on I’ll never believe anything he blogs again.

Just kidding. And the sidebar link is going back to normal. Someday. Hehe.

A few weeks with the Devil Docs

I have written before about Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN) being with the Devil Docs, the skilled Navy Docs and Corpsmen who move and fight with the Marines, with the purpose of saving lives.

Dr. Gupta has an article about his experience in Time this week. ALthough the medical information he has reported before, the article should be read to get a feel for what it’s like to live and move in the desert. He has a video report on CNN that’s new, and I cannot watch it (Real Player hates my satellite connection).

And when you’re finished, consider: Dr. Gupta got to go back to Kuwait and take a shower, the Devil Docs are still forward, where they belong.