Combat & Casualty Care

Q2 2016

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tacticaldefensemedia.com Combat & Casualty Care | Summer 2016 | 19 Medical Readiness Training Integration exercises replicate deployment scenarios in that the medical task force deploys with, and provides support to, non-medical units. The MRTC typically executes four exercises a year, with two at Fort Hunter Liggett, CA and two at Fort McCoy, WI. During these exercises, the MRTC's brigades also provide trained Observer Controller/Trainers (OC/Ts) to assess each unit against their commander's training objectives and assigned mission essential tasks. At the end of each exercise we provide an overall assessment to unit commanders with objective data to help assess the overall readiness of their units and enable them to develop future training plans to address gaps in their collective readiness. The final significant way the MRTC helps to build unit readiness is by adding joint and international medical units to our exercises that improve their ability to operate in joint and multinational environments. Providing medical care on the battlefield is truly a joint effort in the U.S. military. It is not uncommon for a theater of operation to have medical units from the Army, Navy and Air Force, each providing medical support to units within their geographic area, or providing specific dedicated support to all forces. A perfect example of the latter mission is the U.S. Air Force providing all inter-theater patient evacuation. It is imperative then that all medical forces be proficient on inter- theater evacuation requests using doctrinal procedures. The MRTC brings that level of fidelity to its training events. The MRTC has a long history of incorporating significant medical units and personnel from both the Air Force Reserve and Navy Reserve into our exercises. In 2011, the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) sponsored the MRTC's Global Medic exercise for joint accreditation, allowing it to become the only Army Reserve exercise to achieve Joint National Training Capability (JNTC) accreditation. JNTC accreditation validates joint participation in our Global Medic exercises, and reinforces the importance of operating in a joint environment. The Global Medic exercises also attract medical units and personnel from other nations, allowing us to further expand unit readiness by increasing ability to operate in a multinational environment. C&CC: From a mission focus perspective, speak to some key objectives that MRTC is doing to support current medical training efforts. BG O'Guinn: MRTC is continuously working to strengthen Army and Joint medical training. Current MRTC medical training improvement initiatives include the modernization of medical equipment training sets and simulations employed at our RTS-Med platforms, and enhancement of unit and institutional learning through the employment of the Joint Lessons Learned Information System (JLLIS). As part of the Army's Force Design Update (FDU), the Army will field the three RTS-Med sites modernized training sets to support multi-component Army and Joint training requirements for the new modular Field Hospital (FH) concept. This equipment fielding will allow the RTS-Med training program to remain on the leading edge of deployable military hospital sustainment training as the rest of the Army medical structure converts to the new FH design. There is a growing trend within the healthcare training industry toward using high-fidelity medical simulations. These simulations provide extensive and effective training opportunities that reduce occurrence of medical errors and risk by allowing healthcare providers to practice and learn from mistakes in a realistic manner. The MRTC's efforts in these areas include the establishment of a 2,500 square foot modular medical simulations laboratory at RTS-Med Fort McCoy that replicates expeditionary hospital wards, treatment rooms and ancillary services in a tailorable learning environment that provides real-time audio and video playback capabilities to support individual and clinical team training and skills proficiency. This capability is supplemented by the latest in human patient simulator technology that allows for a wide variety of clinical procedures to be realistically practiced, Get Troop ack in the Field in 3 Minutes! Carton = 15 doses. NSN #6505-01-611-2071 Great for Hospital and Battalion Aid Station Settings. Call 800-401-4002 or visit www.zanfel.com. 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