Military Medical Ethics – Scenario Collection
Medical confidentiality
Prove identity by blood samples?
You are medical officer of an intervening force that is on a stabilization mission in a foreign country. A wounded local civilian is brought to you at the field hospital, which is located in one...
20 Jan, 2017 Views: 534 Comments: 1
Treatment of self-inflicted injury
During a missions that regulary involves combats, the military doctors must triage patients to (at least) determin the order of treatment as their resources in personnel and medical equipment are...
24 Jul, 2017 Views: 330 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: 389 Comments: 0
Risky participation in a marathon
Soldier X is a member of the police staff in a peacekeeping operation. He intends to take part in a mini marathon event organised for soldiers when off duty. The military doctor recommended him...
04 Aug, 2020 Views: 336 Comments: 0
The medical secret
During deployment, military doctors supervise the soldiers's health. Therefore, all soldiers must regularly visit the doctor in order to asses their health and fitness for duty. During these visits,...
04 Aug, 2020 Views: 344 Comments: 0
Rape victim in a difficult context
"An 18-year old woman is admitted with abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding. You are working in a place where the culture puts a very high value on virginity and her life may be at risk if she is...
26 Jul, 2017 Views: 315 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
Use of close circuit television (CCTV) to monitor patients in an infectious disease setting
A treatment unit is being set up as part of a humanitarian effort to combat an outbreak of a severe and infectious virus in a low-income country. The affected country is hot and humid. Staff are...
04 Aug, 2020 Views: 300 Comments: 0
Disclosure in the public interest?
A sergeant in your unit asks if he can talk to you in confidence. Several weeks ago his patrol came under attack. Two of his colleagues were killed and three were severely wounded. Although he did...
02 Aug, 2023 Views: 823 Comments: 0
Reporting abuse?
A junior Air Force psychologist, Captain Wren is given 6-month orders to a detention facility housing enemy combatants. Although his role is clinical in nature—he provides care to detainees—he...
25 Feb, 2019 Views: 315 Comments: 0


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