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The role 3 multinational medical unit at kandahar airfield 2005-2010.
Canadian Journal of Surgery (2011)
  • R Brisebois
  • P Hennecke
  • R Kao
  • Vivian C. McAlister
  • J Po
  • R Stiegelmar
  • H Tien

In late 2005, Canadian Forces Health Services (CFHS) was tasked with the command of the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit (R3MMU) on Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan. Preparations drew on past experience and planning. Eight complete hospital contingents were trained and deployed in rotation. Near-reality simulation training was undertaken with the combat brigade, including complete deployment of the field hospital in the exercise area. Standard operating procedures (SOP) were developed and applied by each rotation so successfully that they were adopted by the new command in late 2009. The Canadian period at R3MMU had the highest survival rate ever recorded for victims of war. Lessons learned are being applied among victims of the conflict and trauma. The experience of the R3MMU was used to successfully deploy a hospital as part of the earthquake relief effort in Haiti in 2010.The training protocols and SOP are being applied to disaster preparedness in Canadian civilian hospitals. PMID: 22099325

  • Role 3 multinational medical unit,
  • NATO,
  • afghanistan,
  • combat,
  • kandahar,
  • kandahar airfield
Publication Date
November, 2011
Citation Information
R Brisebois, P Hennecke, R Kao, Vivian C. McAlister, et al.. "The role 3 multinational medical unit at kandahar airfield 2005-2010." Canadian Journal of Surgery Vol. 54 Iss. 6 (2011)
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