Plastic, plastic tourniquets, plastic plastic spoon and plastic placems have all been used to administer medication to injured soldiers in the US military.
But now, a new study from The University of Queensland in Australia has found that these plastic and plastic spoon attachments may not be the safest, least expensive and most effective way of administering these medications.
The research found that in the past, soldiers who used these attachments had a greater chance of experiencing complications related to complications from bleeding or infection, such as a reduction in oxygen saturation, a reduction or loss of blood flow, and an increased risk of a cardiac arrest.
However, after they had experienced complications, these injuries were more likely to occur in patients who used the plastic spoon attachment method, and the risk was higher in those who had been in the military for more than a year.
The researchers also found that the use of plastic trolley attachments did not appear to reduce the risk of complications.
The study is published in the Journal of Plastic Surgery.
The authors conclude that there is no need to use these types of plastic tools when administering medications, as the effects of the devices are much less likely to result in significant complications.
The findings come after a recent report by the US Department of Defense, which found that more than 1.6 million soldiers had been injured by a plastic spoon during the course of their service.
“While the results of this study are encouraging, the current study provides little scientific support for the use and safety of these plastic trolleys,” the authors of the study wrote.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, in 2017 there were 834,000 injuries involving a plastic tool in the United States.
Of those, 674,000 were in military personnel, with a further 914,000 in the National Guard.