Comprehensive Medical Facility At Sea Keeps Sailors HealthyFebruary 16th, 2012
Aircraft carriers are like towns: 5000 to 6000 people working as mechanics, janitors, cooks, firefighters, aerobics instructors… And just as in every small town, people get sick or injured. Unlike most small towns, however, you can’t drive to the city to see the doctor; so an aircraft carrier needs comprehensive medical facilities as well. Take the USS George Washington, for example. There are five physicians (including one surgeon), a dentist, and an anesthesiologist. They have a medical laboratory for toxicology, microbial culturing, and blood chemistry testing. And to keep things clean and sterile, an ultrasonic cleaner and autoclave.
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