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Preventive Medicine Measures


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Preventive Medicine Measures

CPT Steven L. Patterson


Duty Non-Battle Injury

80% of all hospital admissions in combat are not from combat wounds

20,000 Arab heat injuries in the 7 Day War

2000 deaths of 8000 doughboys shipped to WW I due to influenza

Insects Kill More People Than ALL Other Animals Combined







Vector Borne Diseases

Dengue Fever


Hemorrhagic Fever


Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Lyme Disease


Personal Protective Measures




Proper Wear of Uniform


Heat Injuries

New water standard, 10 quarts

Water Toxicity

Have IV’s available

Wet Bulb



Wear of Uniform Sunburn

Work/Rest Cycle

Repeat Injuries

Cold Injury

Wear of Uniform

Repeat of Injuries


Anti-perspirant on feet

Sex and Race

Tobacco Use

Diarrhea and Dysentery

Dysentery is bloody diarrhea

Almost Always from Food or Water

Can incapacitate a entire unit

Prevented by hand washing, good sanitation, and safe, approved food/water source


Preventive Medicine Threat Brief

Food, Water, Ice, Fruit/Vegetables

Inventory FST


Field Sanitation Teams

Trained in sanitation actions, 40 hours

Advisor to commander, not work detail

Need command support and money for equipment

PM needs to be a command action

Site Selection

Rodents/Unit Pets


Food and Water for above



Remote Site Problems

Food, Water, Education

Preventive Medicine Assets

PM Detachments

Division PM

Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine


Environmental Health Mission

Health Inspections

Swimming Pools/Bathing Areas

Barber Shops

Regulated Medical Waste

Hazardous Waste

Pest Control

Preventive Medicine Threat Briefs

Fringe Issues

Depleted Uranium


Combat Stress

STD’s/AIDS/Hepatitis C

Hearing/Eye Protection


Skin Infections

Dental Care

Fort Gordon Issues

Snakes are Protected

Eastern Hognosed is Threatened


Gopher Tortoise

Protected Plants

Recent Issues

Aid Missions in Central America

Sewage Dumping in Albania

Soldiers Deploying/Returning “Sick”

Fort Gordon fined $50,000

Majors thrown out of Alaska


Do what you mother told you to do.

Wash your hands

Don’t take stuff from strangers

(Use the DEET/Permethrin)


CPT Steven L. Patterson



DEET Cream 6840-01-284-3982 (2 per)


Can 6840-01-278-1336 (6 weeks/1 per uniform)

Bag 6840-01-345-0237 (Life of Uniform)

Mosquito Nets 7210-00-266-9736

Poles 7210-00-267-5641

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