Orthopedics in Conflicts and Natural Disasters
Wounded military personnel of national armed forces are managed successfully by military surgeons, according to well-established protocols, along with significant logistic and medical resources. The same is rarely true for civilian victims or the members of less structured armies. In the cross-border and civil wars of the developing world, the distinction between combatants and noncombatants is blurred, and civilian casualties far outnumber military ones. Civilian orthopedic surgical practice in a conflict area is characterized by a lack of resources and a high proportion of ballistic trauma, alongside more conventional wounds.
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