Dr Kevin Patrick

Session | Trauma teams under fire
Trauma Teams – The Military Experience

NZSA speaker Patrick1

Kevin is a specialist anaesthetist at Waikato DHB with sub-specialty interests in major trauma, neurosurgery, vascular surgery and diving and hyperbaric medicine. Originally from Scotland he trained in the UK and joined the British Army as a fifth year medical student. He served for 22 years in the regular army based in the South West of England completing multiple operational deployments throughout the World. He is a keen scuba diver and fisherman, spending much of his spare time in or on the water.

Trauma Teams – The Military Experience

An overview of the training and implementation of multinational trauma teams deployed in the Afghanistan War. During its short period of existence (2006-2014), Camp Bastion Field Hospital in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, established a well-deserved international reputation as the world’s best trauma hospital. Major improvements in the care of trauma patients in civilian medical systems throughout the world have been attributed to the experience military medical teams took home from Afghanistan.

I will describe the pre-deployment training undertaken, the military trauma team ethos and the key factors that allowed so many “unexpected survivors” to return home to their families.