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October 19, 1918

CONVOYS AND THEIR CARE: THE ADMITTING SECTION OF AN EVACUATION HOSPITAL DURING COMBAT

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(Chicago) Major, M. C., U. S. Army A. E. F., FRANCE

JAMA. 1918;71(16):1303-1307. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26020420005013b

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Abstract

While the admission of patients is normally included among the duties of the officer of the day, in actual warfare it has been found necessary to appoint a special admitting officer for this extremely important and difficult task. The term "difficult" must be qualified, in order to make its meaning clear. If, by admission, we merely understand the "taking up" of the wounded by means of their field medical cards, the filling out of data on their clinical records — Form 55 A — and assigning them by rotation to their respective wards, it stands to reason that a squad of orderlies whose handwriting is legible, under charge of a junior officer, will meet such demands satisfactorily. If, on the contrary, and as should be the case, the admitting officer must, in addition to supervision of paper work, personally act as sorting officer (triage of the French), then his duties

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