Shreshth Dharm-Datta's Story
RAF Squadron leader Shreshth Dharm-Datta travelled to Germany, Canada and the USA in 2009, to study the treatment of combat casualties at military hospitals.
Shreshth was awarded a Fellowship in 2009 to study the treatment of combat casualties at American and Canadian military hospitals in the USA, Canada and Germany. Shreshth has since presented his findings to doctors working with combat injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, and the wider military medical community. His Fellowship connected Canadian, American and British doctors, and has facilitated a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and techniques. Such exchanges are vital, as there are no text book treatments for many of the injuries coming out of Afghanistan.
Shreshth wrote about the findings from his Fellowship in a journal article titled "Medical lessons learnt from the US and Canadian experience of treating combat casualties from Afghanistan and Iraq", published in the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps.
In 2016, Shreshth was appointed as a Consultant to Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court, sub-specializing in complex lower limb rehabilitation and looking after injured servicemen transferred from the Royal Centre of Defence Medicine, Birmingham, and other UK hospitals. The highly specialist knowledge Shreshth gained and the connections he made during his Fellowship are already being used, and will continue to be used, to significantly improve the recovery prospects of seriously wounded British servicemen.
For example, the lessons learnt on heterotopic ossification management allow surgery to be performed earlier on UK servicemen and women with amputations, improving the comfort of prosthetic limb fit. The Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO) described in Shreshth’s journal article was revised and evolved into the British Offloading Brace (BOB), which has prevented 44 potential amputations to soldiers injured in combat. This is now available to NHS patients as the Blatchford Momentum, and it will enable patients who undergo complex leg and foot reconstructions in the future to avoid amputations and to experience improved functioning of their limbs.
Read Shreshth's report here