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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The Flight Paramedic Recertification Course is intense, stressful, fast paced, and most importantly realistic. So realistic in fact that Sergeant Marty Anderson, a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) and member of the Michigan National Guard attending the course said, "Being inside a helicopter trainer is very different than being in the back of an ambulance. We're wearing full battle rattle, it's dark, loud, and windy. The intense exercise feels likes a real helicopter with a live patient," said Anderson describing the experience of treating an injured patient inside a UH-60 Blackhawk trainer. Sergeant Anderson is no stranger to emergency medical care. He works as an EMT in Lansing, Michigan. Emergency care is what he does for a living when not serving with his unit Detachment 1, C Company, 3-238th Aviation Battalion. Anderson recommends that every flight paramedic in the U.S. Army attend the course. "I am so glad I came to this class. I'm taking what I learned to my civilian job and Guard unit." Building on Paramedic-ready Taught at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S) the course provides Army enlisted Health Care Specialists (68W), who are paramedic qualified, two-weeks of training required for paramedic recertification to include 72 hours of continuing education units accredited by Army Emergency Medical Service (EMS). Additionally, students who are flight paramedic certified through the Board of Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification (BCCTPC) qualify for continuing education units. The U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School (AMEDDC&S), Ft. Sam Houston, TX provides realistic training for flight paramedics employing state-of-the-art simulation in preparing personnel to apply care necessary to affect positive real-world outcomes. By Kevin Hunter, C&CC Editor CLOSING THE FIELD TO FACILITY CARE GAP Flight paramedic course instructor Sergeant First Class Reid Carpenter wirelessly adjusts the setting of a medical patient simulator as two Army Health Care Specialists (68W), who are paramedic qualified, practice treating an injured patient inside a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter trainer. (Army) 8 | Combat & Casualty Care | Winter 2016/2017

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