Combat & Casualty Care

Q1 2016

Military Magazines in the United States and Canada, Covering Combat and Casualty Care, first responders, rescue and medical products programs and news\Tactical Defense Media

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Page 12 of 35 Combat & Casualty Care | Spring 2016 | 11 at Trinity Hospital to better match the demand for obstetrical care with the costs of an obstetrics department. EAMC provides numerous clerkships for Medical College of Georgia-Georgia Regent University (GRU) medical students. EAMC shares Emergency Medicine residents with GRU and EAMC surgery residents rotate on the Burn Unit at Doctors Hospital. C&CC: What are some of the key accomplishments/ challenges EAMC has achieved/is addressing moving forward in 2016? COL Weber: There are many achievements, but I will highlight two. EAMC participates in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP) and was recognized as a Meritorious Hospital performing in the top ten percent of all hospitals worldwide. NSQIP ranked EAMC in the top ten percent for patient safety and surgical outcomes with institutions like John Hopkins, Boston University, and the University of Pittsburg. Patient safety is a central focus of how we care for our patients at EAMC. The second achievement is serving as a Telehealth center of excellence and innovation platform to demonstrate what is possible in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and behavioral health. EAMC is focused on being a benefit to the healthcare facilities in our region and is looking for ways to be a true regional hub through telehealth. We are focused on improving patients' access to care and telehealth will improve access to medical specialties while avoiding the inconvenience and costs of traveling to a referral clinic. We are shaping the future of telehealth at home and for future use in the combat environment. EAMC's biggest challenge moving into 2016 is retaining the great team of providers, leaders, and innovators that make EAMC the First Choice for 5-Star. C&CC: Do you see EAMC at the fore of tactical combat casualty care over the next quarter-century? If so, in what areas specifically? COL Weber: Over the next quarter-century, I see EAMC as a leader in the telemedicine aspects of tactical combat casualty care. The Army Operating Concept describes the Army's challenge as "Win in a Complex World." The "complex world" is unknown and unknowable, but medical assets will form a key portion of the sustainment warfighting function during simultaneous offensive, defensive, and stability operations in future environments. As combat power transforms from mechanized to "informatized" to virtualized, convergence of information dominance becomes increasingly important. The meaning of tactical combat casualty care will have to expand beyond just care under fire to include sustaining cyber warriors. Military medical units must be able to detect, respond and innovate faster than the enemy and emerging medical threats. Telemedicine will play a major role in the agility of sustaining the fighting strength. The current expertise developed by EAMC with telebehavioral health, teleprimary care, telespecialty care and telepharmacy are leading to competency in telepresence. As a telemedicine hub, EAMC will be able to extend its operational depth from points of injury all the way through rehabilitation and reintegration with units, families, and society. Commander's Corner Sked ® Complete Rescue System * A litter for evacuating wounded soldiers. * A carrier for dragging equipment (mortar rounds, ammo, etc.) * Also used for breaching concertina wire Tel: 1-800-770-SKED (7533) Scan for more I n f o r m a t i o n Skedco Inc. Est. 1981 Made in USA to save our troops wherever they are. The Sked does multiple duties: A patient undergoes robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery at Fort Gordon's Eisenhower Army Medical Center. On the far right, Maj. Thomas Dykes, M.D., a urologist, sits at the control console. The system is in use at EAMC and provides patients with state-of-the art surgical care. (Photograph by Wes Elliot, EAMC PAO)

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