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Medical equipment during the Vietnam war era

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Transcript of Medical equipment during the Vietnam war era

Medical equipment and medical supplies used during the Vietnam war
What medical equipment and medical supplies was used during the Vietnam war, what did it do for the soldiers?
M3
M5
SURGICAL SHEET WITH THE MEDICAL CADUCEUS
JACKSON SIZE 3 TRACHEOTOMY CANNULA
1 MINOR SURGERY FIELD INSTRUMENT
8 GAUZE PETROLATUM DRESSINGS
2 – 11 3/4 INCH SQUARE DYED FIRST AID FIELD DRESSINGS
1 FIELD EYE DRESSING KIT
2 ARMY TOURNIQUETS
1 BOX OF COTTON SWABS ON A WOODEN STICK
1 TIN OF REXALL SURGICAL POWDER
2 BOTTLES OF WATER PURIFICATION TABLETS

1 TIN OF SUNBURN PREVENTATIVE CREAM
4 TONGUE DEPRESSORS
1- 4 INCH COTTON ELASTIC BANDAGE
2- 3 INCH COTTON ELASTIC BANDAGES
1- 3 INCH X 10 YARDS CAMOUFLAGED GAUZE BANDAGE
3 TRIANGULAR BANDAGES
4 ROUND CONTAINERS OF 1 INCH X 6 YARDS GAUZE ROLLER
1- 24 X 72 INCH GAUZE COMPRESS
1 INDIVIDUAL FIRST AID FIELD DRESSING
1- 3 INCH X 6 YARDS CAMOUFLAGED GAUZE BANDAGE
3 BOXES OF FIELD BAND-AIDS
1 TIN OF REXALL QUIK-BANDS BAND-AIDS
2 BOXES OF 1 INCH X 6 YARDS GAUZE
1 BOX OF 3 INCH X 10 YARDS GAUZE ROLLER PLAIN
1 BOX OF 10 MERTHIOLATE SWABS
1 BOX OF 10 AMMONIA INHALANTS
1 TUBE OF TANNIC ACID JELLY BURN COMPOUND
1 FIELD DRESSING IN A BROWN WRAPPER
1 TUBE OF PETROLINE BACITRACIN OINTMENT
1 TUBE OF ophthalmic OINTMENT FOR EYE INFECTIONS
1 PACKAGE OF 4 – 2X2 CAMOUFLAGED COMPRESS AND BANDAGE
NALOXONE
MORPHINE
BENZEDRINE
MALARIA PILLS
MEDICINE DETAILS

(Highlighted in red)
WATER PURIFICATION TABLETS
NALOXONE
MORPHINE
BENZEDRINE
What water purification tablets did for soldiers?
Water purification tablets allowed soldiers to drink water in Vietnam that had bad bacterias.
WATER PURIFICATION TABLETS
NALOXONE

MORPHINE
What did NALOXONE do for soldiers?

Naloxone prevented morphine overdose and saved many soldiers lives when the medics couldn't know the right amount of morphine to give.
What did Morphine do for soldiers?
Morphine was used for a soldier that has been hit, to lower the pain.
MALARIA PILLS
Benzedrine
artificial amphetamine
What did Benzedrine do for soldiers?
Benzedrine kept soldiers awake and alert. Benzedrine also suppressed appetite, leaving soldiers carrying less food around and more ammo.
Malaria pills
Dosage: 1 pill (250mg) once a week
What did Malaria pills do for soldiers?
Malaria pills prevented soldiers from catching malaria.
connecting to fallen angels
In fallen angels, on pages; 21, 51(2), 83(2), 88, 119, 191, 199, 233, the soldiers mention malaria pills. In the book within four of the ten times mentioned, the pills weren't specified. They were just said as "pills" not "malaria pills".
Medical equipment, contents, and how it helped
FIELD KIT
M5 (OPEN)
M3 (OPEN)
FIELD KIT (OPEN)
used on soldiers wounded on the battle field contained medicine, IV's, Bandages, small splints.
used when going from one soldier to another, contained bandages and wraps.
used to preform minor surgery on the battle field.contained scissors, clamps, scalpels, tweezers
Bibliography
RECAP
The M5, M3, and field surgery kit contained many life saving medicines during the war.
ALL CONTENTS
Dosage: 8mg oral
Side effects: stomach pain, headache, runny nose
Dosage: 0.4-4 mg/ml IV
Side effects: vomiting, sweating, cardiac arrest
Dosage:
side effects: confusion, blurred vision, shortness of breath, and sweating or chills.
(Iodine tablets)

4 to 15 mg every 3 to 4 hours by IV
(Mefloquine)
Side effects:confusion, extreme fear, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior, wheezing and fever.
Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen angels. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1988. Print.
"WebMD - Better Information. Better Health." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014.
RxList - The Internet Drug Index for Prescription Drugs, Medications and Pill Identifier. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014.
Malaria symptoms include:sweating as body temperature falls, fever, chills and vomiting.
Invented in the early 1800s
Discovered in: 1929
Developed in the 1970s
Developed in the 1960s
Dosage: 0.8 to 1.0 mg (inhaler)
side effects: Reduced appetite, insomnia, headaches, and dizziness.

The book, Fallen angels, written by Myers Walter Dean gives evidence and supports my thesis/research question.This is a reliable source because its the core source of information that's needed to connect my research to the book.The book shows anti-malaria pills in text dialogue and within the storyline text.
WebMD is a source that I can use to provide accurate information about medicine information including: dosage,side effects,purpose,history of medications, etc. WebMD is a source that is very reliable because some of their company's direct staff members are healthcare/medical professional/providers, having licenses in the medical field.
RxList provides information that connects generic and Brand name medicines. This is important because brand name medicines are more commonly used (though more expensive) because of the lower amount of allergic reactions that could occur in soldiers by taking generic medicine. This makes the searching for medicines used during the Vietnam war easier (and more accurate), to find out its real (Brand) name and medical name then other sources. This source is reliable because the staff at RxList review and update the site with articles written by pharmacists, physicians that included data provided by credible and reliable sources like; The FDA, Cerner Multum, and First Data Bank, Inc.
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