Avast! Acute Medical Emergencies of Detained Pirates or Local Nationals

Jonathan R. Gower*, John S. Parrish, Amy A. Hernandez

*Corresponding author for this work

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Piracy continues to be an issue worldwide; the United States (U.S.) Navy and other militaries are often involved in anti-piracy operations around the globe. With these operations comes the detention of pirates aboard maritime vessels. Medical professionals have a duty to provide medical care for these detained pirates, and they present unique challenges in that language is often a barrier, they are constantly under guard, many have never had medical care before, they have conditions which are less common in the western world, and follow-up care is uncertain. The maritime medical team must be prepared and able to provide the same level of care for these patients as their own shipmates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExpeditionary Surgery at Sea
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Approach
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783031218934
ISBN (Print)9783031218927
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Detainee
  • Developing countries
  • Military medicine
  • Military personnel
  • Naval medicine
  • Piracy
  • Pirate
  • Warfare


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