Novel use of FaceTime video calling in a deployed setting to assist with the care of a military working dog

Novel use of FaceTime video calling in a deployed setting to assist with the care of a military working dog

Can J Surg 2018;61(6):S232-S234 | PDF

Maj Benjamin Donham, MD; Capt Megan Lee Wickett, MD

Summary

In deployed settings, veterinary recourses are limited and nonveterinary medical providers frequently are required to provide medical treatment to military working dogs (MWDs) until veterinary specialty care can be provided. We present the case of a critically ill MWD who presented initially to a Canadian NATO Role II facility in Iraq that lacked immediate veterinary support. Through the use of FaceTime interactive video calling, the Role II medical providers were able to consult with the MWD unit’s veterinarian in the United States and provide effective evaluation, treatment and prioritization of medical evacuation (MEDEVAC). FaceTime video calling was extremely effective and should be considered in future situations where specialist care is not immediately available and transmission of visual information would be beneficial.


Accepted Oct. 9, 2018

Affiliations: From the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical Corps, United States Army, Fort Hood, TX (Donham); and the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. (Wickett).

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: Both authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this article and approved the final version for publication.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not constitute the views or policies of the Canadian Armed Forces.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.015118

Correspondence to: B. Donham, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine, 36065 Santa Fe Ave, Fort Hood TX 76544, benjamin.p.donham.mil@mail.mil