Cynthia Posted 4 June , 2004 Share Posted 4 June , 2004 I've been doing a lot of reading of nursing memoirs from the Great War, particularly recommendations from the Forum. Just finished "Unknown Warriors" by Kate Luard, and also read Catherine Black's "King's Nurse- Beggar's Nurse." Kate Luard was an incredibly brave and dedicated nurse, and her memoirs show a deep caring for her patients. She mentions saline transfusions repeatedly as a means to prevent shock in wounded soldiers, but never mentions blood transfusions. As blood typing, clot prevention and storage were in their infancy, when did the British Army start doing blood transfusions, and where? Holmes mentions 1917, but I couldn't find any other evidence of it. SueL also gave me a really interesting set of transcriptions of the treatment of head injuries. Most of them were trephined, given an aspirin, and sent on their way if they were still conscious! Having been a nurse where you were instructed to watch head injuries because of post-injury swelling and coma, I found that quite incredible. How times have changed! Thank you! Cynthia Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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