Accession Number : ADA303904

Title :   The Effect of Shower/Bath Frequency on the Health and Operational Effectiveness of Soldiers in a Field Setting: A Historical Review.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. May 89-Apr 91,

Corporate Author : ARMY BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LAB FORT DETRICK MD

Personal Author(s) : Troychock, John

PDF Url : ADA303904

Report Date : APR 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : The significance of the shower/bath regime in a military setting has been largely ignored. when health-related problems arose due to lack of hygiene, simple symptomatic treatment was considered adequate if the patient did not return. In more serious cases all necessary care was administered to return the soldier to the battlefield, but there was no strong attempt to address the issue as a medical concern. The lack of follow-up ultimately led to a health care nightmare in Vietnam, as otherwise healthy soldiers were hospitalized. This study examines the medical practices and attitudes involved from the historical point of view up to the present time. The various theaters of operation are discussed, and the various procedures employed to eliminate the problem are evaluated. It is the author's view that far too little has been done to address the question of personal hygiene as a medical issue and that significant in-depth research is called for. Finally, a list of recommended hygienic practices is provided

Descriptors :   *MILITARY APPLICATIONS, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HYGIENE, *SKIN DISEASES, *SHOWER FACILITIES, FREQUENCY, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, ARMY PERSONNEL, BATTLEFIELDS, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, MEDICINE, HISTORY, SKIN(ANATOMY), VIETNAM, BATHS.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Hygiene and Sanitation

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE