Fever of Unknown Origin in US Soldier: Telemedical Consultation Limitations in a Deployment to West Africa.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)


Review the application of telemedicine support for managing a patient with possible sepsis, suspected malaria, and unusual musculoskeletal symptoms. Clinical Context: Regionally Aligned Forces (RAF) supporting US Army Africa/Southern European Task Force (USARAF/ SETAF) in the Africa Command area of responsibility. Care provided by a small Role I facility on the compound. Organic Medical Expertise: Five 68W combat medics (one is the patient); one SOCM trained 68W combat medic. No US provider present in country. Closest Medical Support: Organic battalion physician assistant (PA) located in the USA; USARAF PA located in Italy; French Role II located in bordering West African country; medical consultation sought via telephone, WhatsApp® (communication with French physician) or over unclassified, encrypted e-mail. Earliest Evacuation: Estimated at 12 to 24 hours with appropriate country clearances and approval to fly from three countries including French forces support approval.

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Cited Authors

  • Auchincloss, PJ; Nam, JJ; Blyth, D; Childs, G; Kraft, K; Robben, PM; Pamplin, JC

Published Date

  • January 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 123 - 126

PubMed ID

  • 31201766

Pubmed Central ID

  • 31201766

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1553-9768


  • eng