St Andrews medic’s research key to emergency response in conflict zones including Ukraine

Thursday 27 October 2022

Former PhD student Dr Laura Maitland, lead author of ‘Analysis of 983 civilian blast and ballistic casualties and the generation of a template of injury burden: an observational study’, used information from an observational study conducted at the UK-led military Medical Treatment Facility at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan which looked at original theatre log-book entries. This contained data gathered by surgical teams comprised of 10,891 surgical cases on military and civilian casualties of war.

Dr Maitland’s work, published in The Lancet eClinicalMedicine, represents the first quantification of the immediate surgical response required to treat civilians injured by blasts and ballistic weapons in any modern conflict.

Press release can be found on the University news page.

Dr Laura Maitland

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