Journal articlesChallenges of treating modern military trauma wounds

Challenges of treating modern military trauma wounds

19/10/10 | Service delivery | Erin Hankin, Steven Jeffery

The war being fought in Iraq (2003–2009) and Afghanistan (2006–present) is unconventional in that British forces are predominantly engaged in counterinsurgency tactics as part of an asymmetric war (Belmont et al, 2010). While US and coalition forces have numerous technological advantages over the enemy in terms of weapons, armour, transportation and a high level of organisation, they face unconventional weapons and tactics in accordance with a less organised opposition. As a result, the patterns of injury most often encountered in wounded soldiers reflect the enemy’s dependence on improvised explosive devices (IEDs), mines and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) (Gosselin, 2005).