Anesthesia for trauma during wartime
GBarton CR, Beeson M.
University of Akron,
College of Nursing,
Graduate Anesthesia Program,
OH 44325-3701, USA.
CRNA. 1997 Feb;8(1):2-12.


Trauma during wartime has been the scourge of the ages. Conventional anesthesia with ether has been available since 1846 when it was demonstrated in Boston by a dentist named William Morton. Subsequently, ether was used during the Mexican-American War in 1847, and chloroform was used during the Crimean War from 1854 to 1856. Nurse anesthetists have made substantial contributions to care of the war-injured by initiating acute airway management and resuscitation efforts and by the administration of anesthesia care for critically injured war casualties undergoing surgical procedures. They have further contributed to goodwill in war-torn areas by providing anesthesia care to many civilian children and adults living in these areas of conflict. The evolution of nurse anesthesia contributions to the treatment of traumatized war casualties is the central focus of this article.
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