January 10, 2008

Iraq Field Hospitals Using Untested Blood

I have previously mentioned that soldiers and medical staff were donating blood on the spot in field hospitals in Iraq. Even if they had time to test it they don't test it for leishmaniasis which has at times been at epidemic proportions in Baghdad and elsewhere.
I have always wondered if my husbands leishmaniasis came from the blood he recieved at the field hospital Dogwood.
The UK soldiers that received untested blood from the US Field Hospitals are likely just the tip of iceburg when it comes to wounded soldiers and contractors being repatriated without being tested for contagious pathogens.

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