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Life and Death in the War Zone

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Before Watching

  1. Ask students to brainstorm the kinds of medical personnel they think the armed forces employ. What kind of medical support might be needed during a war? What kinds of medical personnel might have been deployed to support troops in Iraq? (A CSH contains many of the same specialists as a stateside hospital, including internists, nurses, dentists, ophthalmologists, gynecologists, surgeons, radiologists, and infectious disease specialists.)

  2. Organize students into two groups. As they watch, have one group take notes on the 21st CSH guidelines for treating injured Iraqis; have the second group take notes on each patient that came into the CSH and the decisions made regarding the case.

After Watching

  1. Review students' notes regarding the 21st CSH guidelines for treating Iraqis and the cases that came up during the program. What were the guidelines? In each case, what guidelines and considerations did medical personnel use to make their decisions? What do students think about each of the decisions made?

  2. Ask students to think of other circumstances in which priorities need to be set for allocation of limited resources (e.g.,emergency-room triage, food distribution in areas of famine, medicine allotment in countries experiencing disease outbreaks). What might some of the guiding principles be for these situations?

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