Combat & Casualty Care

Q4 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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were hard plastic, featureless device, more like a department store manikin, today's systems are so life-like, even seasoned instructors have difficulty distinguishing them from real tissue. Mobile Module on Mission The Training Mobile Transport Lab, a life-sized UH-60 platform, offers students stressful experience of being inside a real helicopter with sound, wind, and smoke. Instructors conduct nighttime training scenarios, where flight paramedic students treat patients inside the cargo compartment. The training prepares flight paramedics to load and unload patients on litters and treat them in flight. The training exercise is fast paced and realistic, testing students ability to treat injuries while transporting patients. Along with the practical classroom exercises, students take part in interactive lectures from insightful subject matter experts, or SMEs, on a host of medical topics. "The small block lectures are phenomenal. We're learning from SMEs with real life experience. This training supersedes anything they received in initial 68W training," said Sergeant Anderson. As traditional classroom, online, and practical training methods advance, AMEDDC&S continues to invest in new methods and technologies, while preserving the tried and tested techniques that have led to the U.S. military having the highest combat survivability rate in history. Until recently, 68Ws could only provide immediate first aid while preparing the wounded for transport to a military field hospital facility. A gap existed between treatment at the point of injury and transport to a treatment facility. In the civilian world, air ambulances provide on-scene and in-transit treatment with dedicated, specially trained, and certified flight paramedics. Yet the U.S. Army lacked this life saving ability. To close that gap, AMEDDC&S established the Critical Care Flight Paramedic Program. Now Army helicopters are more than flying ambulances shuttling the injured to a military treatment facility. Advanced trauma management is accessible at or near the point of injury and while flying to a treatment facility. "I think about how it must have felt to be a flight medic without skills to help an injured Soldier beyond basic first aid," reflected Major Ersan Capan, the officer-in-charge of the Critical Care Flight Paramedic Program, Transport Medical Training Laboratory. "How horrible it was for an Army medic to see critically injured patients and not have the skills to treat them. To take that with them for the rest of their lives. In the past these 68Ws were little more than part of a flight crew with basic medical training. Now we are giving our 68Ws the skills to provide in flight critical care, similar to civilian helicopter flight paramedics," said Capan. He and his team were instrumental in standing up the curriculum for the flight paramedic recertification course. "We want our students knowing they did everything possible to save lives, and not to think about what they couldn't do," said flight paramedic instructor Sergeant First Class Reid Carpenter. "We give Flight paramedic course instructor Sergeant First Class Reid Carpenter prepares a SynDaver medical simulator. AMEDDC&S has invested over $100,000 in each human simulator. These simulators are industry best with realistic polymer skin, internal organs, bone, nerves, and even pump simulating blood fluids. Instructors can wirelessly operate and monitor the simulators for different physiological training exercises. (Army) 10 | Combat & Casualty Care | Winter 2016/2017

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