The 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital was deployed from a United States military base in Germany to the former Yugoslavia to provide medical support for more than 25,000 United Nations soldiers. This medical unit was the first mobile hospital ever to deploy with a capability for laparoscopic surgery. During a 2-month trial period, seven laparoscopic procedures were performed for various abdominal emergencies. There were no complications, and all patients returned to full duty within 1 week. No equipment problems or other logistical obstacles were identified. This preliminary report suggests that laparoscopic surgery is quite feasible in a forward-deployed field hospital, allowing combat soldiers to return to full duty in a much shorter time than after conventional surgery.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Surgical Laparoscopy and Endoscopy|
|State||Published - Dec 1994|
- Field hospital
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