Approximately 25%-33% (175,000-210,000) of deployed Veterans are experiencing Gulf War illness, presumably from detected an undetected hazardous exposures. Meanwhile, scientific debates continue regarding terminology, definitions, and etiology. Specific military cultural care is needed for their health concerns.
Learning Outcome: After completing this learning activity, the learner will be able to identify the importance of asking about military service when performing a nursing assessment of a Gulf War veteran. Learning Engagement Activity: 1. Review the Department of Defense Gulf War Illness Research Program (DODGWIRP) document at http://cdmrp.army.mil/gwirp/pd... to gain an understanding of the environmental exposures during the Gulf War 1/Desert Storm and resultant chronic problems associated with Gulf War Illness (GWIL)/Chronic Multisymptom Illness (CMI)
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This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michelle Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Director.
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10/7/19 3:57 pm
I know there is currently a lot of emphasis on veterans, but like the article suggests, medical providers should also be assessing those married to, or children of veterans as well.
4/26/20 9:46 pm
Very informative article that made me aware of some of the hurdles GW veterans encounter in regards to healthcare. The exposure to chemicals and traumatic situations that continue to affect patients physically and emotionally is something that I was not aware of. The lasting effects of neglect and abuse endured by family is not something I would have thought to assess before reading this article.
12/5/20 7:58 pm
What an eye opener. I feel like it all gets swept under the broad diagnosis of PTSD every time. So much more to what they are exposed to physically and mentally than what is ever reported back to those of us back home who need to be able to understand and care for those who put their lives on the line to protect ours.