Military Medical Ethics – Scenario Collection
Conflicting roles
Reporting abuse
"Dr. Thompson is a military reservist deployed with a mobile medical field unit in Iraq. Several weeks into a grueling tour during which a number of American soldiers sustained serious injuries, a...
12 Aug, 2019 Views: 414 Comments: 0
Medical officer leading anti-insurgent raid
In the south-eastern hilly districts of Blueland, the problem of insurgency was at its peak in 1990. A young military doctor, after completion of his basic military training and a brief period of...
24 Apr, 2017 Views: 375 Comments: 0
Isolated at sea – Mission first?
Sunday, 22h00, the emergency phone of the on-call dotcor in the military medical permanence rings the nurse of a nuclear submarine that is on a mission in the Atlantic. She is the only medical...
11 Sep, 2018 Views: 361 Comments: 0
Estimating the age of captured persons
During a PEO mission, the UN mandated forces are regularly attacked by rebel groups. Among their groups are an important number of fighters who are suspected to be under-age. After a new incident...
24 Jul, 2017 Views: 394 Comments: 0
Only one equipment but two patients
"One 'US soldier' and one 'Iraqi Army' (coalition) soldier present with GSW (gunshot wound) to the chest. Both have low O2 saturations. There is only enough lidocaine for local anesthesia for one...
25 Jul, 2017 Views: 380 Comments: 0
Injured civilians and mission safety
"You are a passenger in a convoy that drives past the aftermath of a roadside bomb. Several local nationals are clearly wounded, and in need of emergent care. The driver in the lead vehicle refuses...
19 Nov, 2018 Views: 339 Comments: 0
Mandatory vaccination (1)
"In 1990, following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, the Department of Defense (DoD) requested a waiver that would permit military use of investigational drugs and vaccines without informed consent. The...
08 Feb, 2019 Views: 373 Comments: 0
Mandatory vaccination (2)
"A soldier serving in Iraq who is stationed in Baghdad says he has faced 'threats' and 'intimidation' from his Army superiors –including the possibility of forced inoculations– after he refused to...
11 Sep, 2018 Views: 344 Comments: 0
Local leader / VIP patient
"The motorcade of the local political leader comes under attack as he is arriving to visit colleagues being treated at your hospital, and the leader is admitted with gunshot injuries. You have...
26 Jul, 2017 Views: 321 Comments: 0
Treatment Eligibility (Ebola mission)
You are a military doctor in charge of a small Ebola treatment unit (ETU) during a major Ebola outbreak in a low-income country. The ETU was established to guarantee that affected healthcare workers...
06 Apr, 2020 Views: 391 Comments: 0
Conflicting priorities in the laboratory (Ebola mission)
You have just deployed to a lab that provides diagnostic laboratory services for two Ebola treatment units in a low-income country: one run by the military and one run by an NGO. The former is...
06 Apr, 2020 Views: 324 Comments: 0
Potential ambush preventing first aid
Ann is a military nurse taking part in a military convoy in Afghanistan as a member of the medical support team. The convoy passes a crossroads where a traffic accident between Afghan civilian...
02 Mar, 2018 Views: 301 Comments: 0
Protecting the health of captured pirates
Peter is a young navy doctor on board of a frigate which is part of a multinational task force patrolling ship lanes in the Indian Ocean, off the Horn of Africa. He hasn't got much operational...
11 Sep, 2018 Views: 333 Comments: 0
Medevac helicopter for reconnaissance purposes?
Fred is a Major and military Emergency Care doctor. He is chief of the Medical Role 1 Medical Care station. He is on deployment to Mali for two months. Carl is also a Major, a Special Forces...
11 Sep, 2018 Views: 346 Comments: 0
Looking the other way
You are asked to assess a civilian patient, who has recently sustained life-threatening injuries, and to advise whether she is well enough to be transferred to a medical facility under the command...
19 Nov, 2018 Views: 356 Comments: 0

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