THE manner of handling the administration of parenteral fluid needed during the early care of a series of closely observed battle casualties constitutes the basis for this report.
The casualties occurred in the New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago and Philippine areas. Observations were conducted mainly aboard an LST acting as a casualty ship during the early phases of amphibious operations. Casualties were received from ships damaged during the landing phases and from troops landed on the invasion beaches.
TYPES OF CASES
An analysis of cases of 345 patients will be made (6.8 per cent of the total patients treated). Tables 1, 2 and 3 contain information concerning the types of injuries encountered.In table 1 the frequency of the types of injuries is given. Outside the group with burns 51.2 per cent of the patients sustained multiple injuries, that is, multiple lacerations of skin, muscles or other parts, with or without