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Revista Colombiana de Cirugía

versão impressa ISSN 2011-7582


VALENCIA, Carlos Fernando et al. Wounded in combat, experience of the Trauma Group of Hospital Militar Central, Bogotá, Colombia. rev. colomb. cir. [online]. 2015, vol.30, n.1, pp.18-23. ISSN 2011-7582.

Introduction: In a nation with the continent´s oldest armed conflict, it becomes essential to know the reality of the injured individuals in combat as seen from the perspective of the group of patients admitted to the Central Military Hospital (Hospital Militar Central) in Bogotá, Colombia, in the period January 2001 to 2014. Material and methods: The prospective trauma data base was taken as the universe, including all patients as first admitted to the Trauma Group Service at the Central Military Hospital in the period January 1st., 2001 to July 31,2004., whose lesions had been a consequence of the armed conflict. The following were evaluated: total number of admissions, mean of hospital stay, requirement for ICU, mean age, geographical area where the even took place, armed force involved, number of amputations, and medical specialty required for care. Results: A total of 3658 patients were admitted to the Trauma Group Service, of which 917 were military personnel wounded in combat that were taken care for the first time at our Hospital, with a mean age of 31 hears and a mean hospital stay of 13 days; 26% required amputation at our institution; 15% were admitted to the ICU in the first two years of the study period, vesus 21% in the year 2014. Mortality rate was 1.7%. Nearly 90% of patients came from the states of Caquetá, Meta, Arauca, Putumayo, Nariño and Tolima, the Army providing the largest percentage of cases. Discussion: The results emanating from the Trauma Group Service at Central Military Hospital in Bogotá, allows to see the reality of the Colombian armed conflict, and it appears important to note that the lesions resulting from the conflict generate incapacity more than mortality, incapacity that in the majority of cases results from amputations.

Palavras-chave : shock; wounds and injuries; indexes; triage; mortality; hospitals; military.

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