Field Hospitals: A Comprehensive Guide to Preparation and Operation

ISBN: 9781107141322
ISBN-10: 110714132X
Copyright: 2020
Edition: 1st
Editor: Bar-On, Elhanan, Peleg, Kobi, Kreiss, Yitshak,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 93
Reviewer: Zachary Finn,  MD  (Regions Hospital)
This guide covers preparation and operation of field hospitals in a variety of settings. It is broken down into multiple sections encompassing the history, various scenarios, and a multitude of clinical, logistical, and operational considerations
The book was written as a guide to describe methods, challenges, and various considerations for the operation of field hospitals in various clinical scenarios. With recent outbreaks of Ebola, and today's current COVID-19 crisis, this book's objective is valid, pertinent, and met. The authors have sourced many experts from around the world who have first-hand experience in their chosen topics in relation to the operation, management, and clinical consideration of field hospitals.
This book was written for all team members of emergency medical teams who could be deployed to help establish and run field hospitals during times of crisis. The authors are experts themselves with significant in-field experience, as are the contributors who hail from all over the world. The authors and many contributors are all in positions in which they have led or would lead teams deploying to field hospitals.
The book begins with a brief discussion on the history of military field hospitals. It then leads to a discussion on preparation for medical emergencies necessitating field hospital deployment, and the preparation and planning required before disasters occur. It discusses operational considerations including training, personnel, coordination of care, logistic considerations, and IT considerations. The authors then delve into clinical scenarios covering various fields in medicine, such as pediatrics, orthopedics, wound management, OB-GYN, infectious diseases, anesthesiology, primary care, mental health, etc. They lastly discuss some additional considerations, such as prehospital care, forensics, legal matters, and ethical dilemmas associated with field hospitals. Each section is written by verified experts with an extensive reference list following each chapter.
This appears to be the first book dedicated to the preparation and operation of field hospitals. Its publication comes at an ideal time in which field hospitals are being used in the setting of a worldwide pandemic. It will serve as a foundation on which future research and clinical experience will build.
Review Questionnaire
Range Question Score
1-10 Are the author's objectives met? 10
1-10 Rate the worthiness of those objectives. 10
1-5 Is this written at an appropriate level? 5
1-5 Is there significant duplication? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 3
1-5 Are there significant omissions? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 5
1-5 Rate the authority of the authors. 5
1-5 Are there sufficient illustrations? 3
1-5 Rate the pedagogic value of the illustrations. 3
1-5 Rate the print quality of the illustrations. 5
1-5 Are there sufficient references? 5
1-5 Rate the currency of the references. 5
1-5 Rate the pertinence of the references. 5
1-5 Rate the helpfulness of the index. 5
1-5 If important in this specialty, rate the physical appearance of the book N/A
1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 10
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? N/A