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Frostbite among Iraqi soldiers during

Author: Nafi A. O. Al-Ani* MSc.CM نافع العاني
Journal: Journal of the Faculty of Medicine مجلة كلية الطب ISSN: 00419419 / 24108057 Year: 2007 Volume: 49 Issue: 2 Pages: 186-188
Publisher: Baghdad University جامعة بغداد

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Background: Frostbite is a cold weather injury characterized by tissue freezing. It can adversely impact military operations. This study was carried out to demonstrate the frostbite among Iraqi -Iranian war.Materials: The over surveillance period was 1st Dec. 1987 to 1st March 1988. A form was tilled for each affected soldier. All cases were followed till Dec. 1988.Results: The reported frostbite cases were 10 000 cases. The rate was of 100 cases per 100 000 person - year. The foot was the most affected site. High frostbite cases were reported during the active military operations.Conclusion: Education, acclimatization and strict enforcement of cold weather injury preventive measures arc necessary in military services.Key words: Frostbite, cold weather injury, army, Iraqi-Iranian war.

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