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MEDICAL THREAT. The better we understand it, the more we can do to reduce the risk. MEDICAL THREAT TO FIELD FORCES. INCREASED VULNERABILITY Harshness of the environment. Reduction of the body’s natural defenses. Breakdowns in basic sanitation. MAJOR COMPONENTS

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MEDICAL THREAT

The better we understand it,

the more we can do to reduce

the risk.

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MEDICAL THREAT TO FIELD

FORCES

  • INCREASED VULNERABILITY
  • Harshness of the environment.
  • Reduction of the body’s natural defenses.
  • Breakdowns in basic sanitation.
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MAJOR COMPONENTS

OF THE MEDICAL THREAT TO

FIELD FORCES

  • HEAT.
  • COLD.
  • Arthropods
  • Diarrhea.
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COMMANDER/PLANNER/LEADER

ROLE

  • Seek Advice and guidance.
  • Guard against environmental threats
  • to health.
  • Prepare the camp area for troops.
  • Enforce individual PMM.
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ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS

TO HEALTH

  • Insects and animals (disease carriers and
  • pests).
  • Contaminated food and water.
  • Improper waste and garbage disposal.
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INDIVIDUAL PREVENTIVE

MEDICINE MEASURES (I)

  • Prevention of insect bites.
  • Avoid spoiled food.
  • Avoid native food.
  • Drink only potable water.
  • Disposing of garbage and waste.
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INDIVIDUAL PREVENTIVE

MEDICINE MEASURES (II)

  • Practice of personal hygiene.
  • Protection against sexually transmitted
  • disease.
  • Prevention of heat and cold related
  • problems.
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PERSONAL HYGIENE

  • Wash Hands.
  • Bathe.
  • Clean uniforms.
  • Change clothes.
  • Care for feet.
  • Brush teeth
affects on nonsmokers
SECOND HAND SMOKE LINKED TO:

LUNG CANCER, ASTHMA

MIDDLE EAR INFECTIONS

RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS

SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME

AFFECTS ON NONSMOKERS
a dverse impact on soldiers
DECREASES

NIGHT VISION

HAND-EYE

COORDINATION

STAMINA

INCREASES

COLDWEATHER

INJURIES

OVERALL

# OF INJURIES

ADVERSE IMPACT ON SOLDIERS
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LEADS TO

ADDICTION

ADDICTION

ADDICTION

army s 1 healthy people 2000 goal
REDUCE

MILITARY SMOKERS

TO 20% OR LESS

ARMY’S #1HEALTHY PEOPLE 2000GOAL
army s 2 healthy people 2000 goal
REDUCE

SMOKELESS TOBACCO USE TO 4% OR LESS

IN 12-24 YEAR OLDS

ARMY’S #2 HEALTHY PEOPLE 2000GOAL
help with quitting
YOUR DOCTOR, NURSE OR PA

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE SERVICE:

SELF-HELP MATERIALS FROM:

- MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITY, - PREVENTIVE MEDICINE,

- AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (800-486-2345)

HELP WITH QUITTING
other assistance
NICOTINE GUM

NICOTINE PATCHES

FAMILY AND UNIT SUPPORT

OTHER ASSISTANCE
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FIELD SANITATION TEAMS...

  • Check the water.
  • Check the food.
  • Reduce insect & rodent populations
  • through use of accepted techniques.
  • Dust and trap for rats.
  • Provide training in preventive medicine.
  • Advise the commander on waste disposal.
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FOUR MAJOR COMPONENTS OF

THE MEDICAL THREAT TO

FIELD FORCES

  • HEAT.
  • COLD.
  • ARTHROPODS.
  • DIARRHEA
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MEDICAL THREAT TO FIELD

FORCES

  • INCREASED VULNERABILITY
  • Harshness of the environment.
  • Reduction of the body’s natural defenses.
  • Breakdowns in basic sanitation.
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SUCCESS

WILL DEPEND

ON

DISCIPLINE