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  • S. Eisenberg RN, BA,

    Assistant head nurse
    1. Medical Department, Nahariya Hospital, Nahariya, Israel
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  • J. Benbenishty RN, MNS

    Trauma Coordinator, Corresponding author
    1. Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, Israel
    • Correspondence address: Ms Julie Benbenishty, Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem, PO Box 12000, Jerusalem 91120, Israel; Tel: 972507874009; Fax: 972 26439020; E-mail:

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  • There is no conflict of interest between the two authors and any other interest.


The following short article is an account of Israeli nurses caring for Syrian wounded. These wounded are shuffled across the Syrian border into Israeli hospitals. Until today and including today, we are considered ‘enemy countries’ with no diplomatic relations and fire arms pointing at each other. Six months ago when the Syrian wounded started trickling into our hospitals, the nurses did not know how to react and stood on shaky ground. The casualties were admitted directly into the intensive care units and emergency rooms without knowledge of mechanism of injury, date or circumstances of injury, and alone with no family support. We were told not to communicate with them. However, that request was quickly overlooked and relationships developed. The following report is that of one of the bedside nurses in an Israeli border hospital and her experience of caring for a Syrian casualty.

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