Combat & Casualty Care

Q2 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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tacticaldefensemedia.com Combat & Casualty Care | Summer 2016 | 17 Virtual Training Clinical Evaluation communication. The skills they learn are applicable in any limited resource environment. While classroom learning and simulation are critical components, the most valuable learning opportunities at NTTC exist in the three clinical areas: Emergency Department, Operating Room, and Intensive Care Units. Students have hands- on opportunities to care for trauma patients during the initial management and resuscitation, in the perioperative phases, and through a patient's critical care course. The training environment allows for practical application of the trauma care principles with oversight to aid students and maintain patient safety. Clinical experiences in each area have a positive impact on all medical personnel from physician to corpsman regardless of specialty. While working in limited resource environments, the military emergency physician may find herself in the OR, and the family medicine physician may be managing a critically injured patient post-operatively. The critical care nurse and clinic corpsman may need to respond during the initial resuscitation of the complex blast injury casualty. One of the challenges in training a diverse group of students is the variability in their individual experiences and capabilities. As one would expect, students with more experience in patient care adapt more quickly and perform better. The value of direct patient care should not be underestimated. Independent of acuity inpatient wards, operating rooms and emergency departments at military treatment facilities require providers, nurses, and corpsmen to evaluate patients daily. This practice of evaluation and intervention provides a base on which to build trauma care skills. NTTC divides students into groups and encourages student leadership in the clinical areas and during simulation to enhance learning. Looking Toward the Future The goals at NTTC are to continue updating our curriculum to ref lect innovations in trauma care, maximize clinical opportunities and expand simulation evolutions. A common expectation is to develop a military medical community that can manage a critically injured casualty for 72 hours before evacuation to definitive care. Simulation provides an opportunity to expand on clinical experiences in a time-compressed model to train and validate this goal. Looking towards the future, an endless number of possibilities exist. Will military operations continue in the current theaters of operations? Will new conf licts arise? Will disaster relief and human assistance missions increase? One thing is clear. Traumatic injuries will always occur whether intentionally or unintentionally inf licted. With the ever changing operational landscape, trauma care in the military must be effective, efficient and adaptable to any limited resource environment. Save Sight On Site ® www.morganlens.com | 800.423.8659 ©2016 MorTan, Inc., PO Box 8719, Missoula, MT 59807 USA DON'T WAIT! The sooner eye irrigation is started, the better the prognosis. • The only "hands-free" ocular irrigation system ofering an efcient, efective, and well-tolerated way to fush chemicals, biological and radiological agents, or non-embedded foreign bodies from the eye. • In just 20 seconds irrigation can be underway and you can move to more life-threatening injuries. • Patient may be transported without stopping irrigation. Hands-free ocular irrigation on the go. ORDER NOW

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