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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68Ws capabilities to meet Army needs. To maintain their skills flight paramedics need to continuously train when back at their units. These Soldiers are more than just part of a flight crew; they are now front line critical care medics. There is an overlapping of skills, almost like a hybrid of combat medics, physician assistants, and nurses. These 68Ws also understand medications. Once they complete the course Soldiers then serve as the critical care paramedic for their platoon," said Carpenter. Setting Stage for Career Growth For commanders, having a Soldier away from their unit training for two weeks is a significant amount of time. Yet ask any of the students that have gone through the course and each will agree it is a worthwhile investment. Aviation units benefit from having trained flight paramedics able to provide critical care beyond the basic 68W requirement. "We teach them a lot, but these skills are perishable. We emphasize that when students return back to their aviation units they need continuous training, the same as civilian flight paramedics," said Sergeant Carpenter. "Our goal is to show Soldiers what it's like in the field. We want them to know what to expect, so they're prepared to save lives," said Major Capan. "The Army has an incredible battlefield injury survival rate. Yet there were a number of Soldiers we weren't able to save because they didn't receive critical care treatment in time. Now the Soldiers we're training in this course are equipped to save those lives. We're closing the gap with each flight paramedic we train." Sergeant Marty Anderson, Detachment 1 C Company, 3-238th Aviation Battalion, Michigan National Guard, monitors the status of a medical patient simulator while onboard a UH- 60 Blackhawk trainer. Taught at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, the flight paramedic course trains 68Ws medical enlisted personnel with the knowledge and skills required to conduct advanced critical care pre-Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) treatment, loading and unloading patients in MEDEVAC aircraft, and stabilize and treat patients in flight. The life sized UH-60 trainer offers students the opportunity of realistic classroom exercises emulating the sound, wind, and stressful environment of an actual helicopter. The advanced patient simulators used at AMEDDC&S provide students with vital signs, clinical signs, and symptoms mimicking live patients. (Army) A U.S. Force paramedic practices inserting tracheal tube on a medical simulator manikin while assisted by two U.S. Army Health Care Specialists (68W). The U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School also trains Airmen in the Flight Paramedic Recertification Course on a space available basis. (AMEDDC&S) Winter 2016/2017 | Combat & Casualty Care | 11

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