|Amputation for War Wounds (ICRC, 30 p.)|
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was founded in 1863; it promoted the Geneva Conventions which have been signed by 165 countries. These conventions protect victims of war, be they wounded, shipwrecked, prisoners of war or civilians. Furthermore, they protect the hospitals and the medical staff who care for the sick and wounded. Within a framework of these conventions, the mandate of the ICRC is to take action and propose humanitarian initiatives in armed conflicts. Bringing surgical care to victims of war, whether combatant or civilian, where there is little or no medical infrastructure, is an increasing part of the activities of the ICRC.
Over the last 10 years, the Medical Division of the ICRC has gained enormous experience of the management of war wounds, especially of those inflicted by antipersonnel mines. This review of amputation techniques and related problems endeavors to record this experience for the benefit of others who care for victims of war.
Dr. Remi Russbach,
Chief Medical Officer,