Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology

The Health Care of Women in Military Settings

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For the most part, women's health care needs are the same as men's health care needs. Women develop coughs, colds, stomach upsets, contusions, abrasions, and fractures. They need preventative care and immunizations. However, some of their health care needs are different:

  • Women have some unique gynecologic and obstetric needs.

  • Women may have different vulnerabilities to certain diseases or injuries.

  • Women may use health care services differently than men.

Women have needed health care in military settings since war was invented, as combatants or non-combatants. Military settings may vary, but from a medical perspective, they often have three common characteristics:

  • Medical providers are isolated.

  • Medical resources are limited.

  • Operational circumstances may influence the provision of medical care.

This manual is designed to guide physicians, nurses, and corpsmen and other health care providers in the safe and effective care of women in these settings.

Home: The front page of Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology. This is where you are now.

Instructions: How to use this CD.

Problem Solver: For those seeking help with a specific problem, this will take you directly to the area of the CD dealing with that problem.

Operational OB-GYN Manual - Electronic Version: This is the latest edition of the Navy manual, Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology. This edition has been enriched with over 700 images and five new chapters.

Operational OB-GYN Manual - Standard Version: This is the 2nd Edition of the written manual, Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology. It is 267 pages in length, written in Microsoft Word, in 8 1/2 x 11" format. Use it for getting a broader view of OB-GYN issues than just solving a specific problem.

Operational OB-GYN Manual - Field Version: This is the same manual, but abbreviated in scope, size and weight. It fits easily in a BDU pocket.

GMO Manual: The General Medical Officer Manual is a useful guide to health care of men and women in operational settings.

CDC Protocols: These are the current (1998) protocols from the Center for Disease Control for women's health problems.

Humanitarian Assistance: Sometimes, military health care providers are called upon to provide aid to non-combatants, refugees, and prisoners of war.  

Image Gallery: Here are many photographs and illustrations, important for a clearer understanding of women's health issues.

Video Gallery: Several video clips have been provided on this CD to give greater insight into specific issues than still pictures can provide. This gallery contains all of these videos.

DOD Instructions: This is a listing of official U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and other Department of  Defense Instructions deal with many aspects of women's health care.

Phone Consultation: Need an OB-GYN consultation in a hurry? This is a listing of  U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force Hospitals around the world with OB-GYN specialists, their main phone number, and the Labor/Delivery phone number.

Correspondence Course: Earn Continuing Medical Education credits and retirement points by taking this correspondence course in Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Operational OB-GYN Lectures: A series of lectures in the operational medicine application of standard OB-GYN training. These have been used at the Surface Warfare Medical Officer Indoctrination Course (SWMOIC), the Undersea Medical Officer Candidate School (UMOCS), and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS)

Basic Training in Women's Health Care: Curriculum and images from DOD Medical training programs.

Forms: Useful forms for providing health care to women in operational settings.

Acknowledgments: The many individuals who contributed to the creation of Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Ordering Information: How to order additional CD-ROMs and manuals.

Home    Introduction    Medical Support of Women in Field Environments    The Prisoner of War Experience    Routine Care    Pap Smears    Human Papilloma Virus    Contraception    Birth Control Pills    Vulvar Disease    Vaginal Discharge    Abnormal Bleeding    Menstrual Problems    Abdominal Pain    Urination Problems    Menopause    Breast Problems    Sexual Assault    Normal Pregnancy    Abnormal Pregnancy    Normal Labor and Delivery    Problems During Labor and Delivery    Care of the Newborn

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Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology - 2nd Edition
The Health Care of Women in Military Settings
CAPT Michael John Hughey, MC, USNR
January 1, 2000

This web version of Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology is provided by The Brookside Associates Medical Education Division.  It contains original contents from the official US Navy NAVMEDPUB 6300-2C, but has been reformatted for web access and includes advertising and links that were not present in the original version. This web version has not been approved by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense. The presence of any advertising on these pages does not constitute an endorsement of that product or service by either the Department of Defense or the Brookside Associates. The Brookside Associates is a private organization, not affiliated with the United States Department of Defense. All material in this version is unclassified.

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