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Sanidad Militar

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PLAZA TORRES, J.F. et al. Medical assistance in Spanish Navy ships during Atalanta Operation: descriptive analysis from 2009 to 2015. Sanid. Mil. [online]. 2016, vol.72, n.3, pp.175-181. ISSN 1887-8571.

Introduction: "Atalanta" Operation was authorized by European Union in 2008 in order to get maritime security in Aden Gulf and Somalia. Spain has deployed warships and Airforce contingent in Djibouti with their Medical Echelons. The objective is to analize medical assistance done in six Spanish warships deployed in Operation Area from 2009 to 2015. Material and method: Transversal, descriptive, retrospective study between 2009 and 2015 was carried out including all patients who were taken care in Spanish warships. Results: The total number of first cases was 3280, 49,7% in F-80 frigates. The majority of the patients were in "other illness" (1495 -45,5%-), in second place "other injuries" (1008 -31%-), dermatologist illness (367 -11,%), oral illness (183 -5,9%-), ophthalmologist illness (97 -2,9%-), first and second grad burn injury (51 -1,85%-), deshydratation (32 -0,9%-), gynecologist illness (17 -0,5%-), insolation (16 -0,4%) and toxic inhalation (4 -0,15%). 38 civilians and 51 probable pirates were attendance. Conclusions: The majority of the patients were in "other illness (mainly otorhinolaryngology and catarrhal pathology). We did not find any illness by vectors. 0,6% crew members have been evacuated to higher medical echelon.

Palavras-chave : Atalanta Operation; Spanish Navy; Medical Corp; Healthcare in the sea; Medical pathologies; Evacuation.

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