Invited Commentary

Commentary on “Prehospital Airway Management in Iraq and Afghanistan: A Descriptive Analysis”

Authors: G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, DBioethics


In this issue of the Southern Medical Journal, Schauer and associates address the vitally important issue of airway management in combat casualty care.1 Using data from the Department of Defense Trauma Registry, the authors provide qualitative information on the “what, where, when, and how” of airway placement in wounded patients during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

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1. Schauer SG, Naylor JF, Maddry JK, et al. Prehospital airway management in Iraq and Afghanistan: a descriptive analysis. South Med J 2018;111:707-713.
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