Combat & Casualty Care

Q1 2017

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According to O'Meara, the posts are also much more corrosion resistant than the current aluminum posts that corrode when in contact with the steel corner fittings. Deeper Core Enhancements In the past, shelter refurbishment has involved more of a facelift approach in that the floors are redone, and the shelter is painted and resealed. Now, Core Composites, a division of ROM Development Corporation, will make the retrofit kits and send them to Defense Depot Hill, Utah. There, the original shelter will be disassembled and over half of the major components will then be replaced with the new kit. Also, since current shelters are not energy efficient, Tnemec's Aerolon 945 will be applied to the ceiling as either a sprayed-on coating or a peel-and-stick "wallpaper," which will help provide better insulation thereby reducing heat and cold loss through the top of the shelter. This will double the insulation efficiency of the shelter. According to Lee, retrofitting 24 shelters using FY16 funding has begun this year and will continue with 24 shelter retrofits per year, subject to availability of funding. "We are procuring the kits now as an Engineering Change Proposal to the original shelter," said Lee. "In two years we will reassess and do a cost-benefit analysis to see if we should just replace the entire shelter with a carbon composite shelter. It might be just as cost-effective to stay with the kit." Either way, carbon composites are the future. Whereas aluminum is a limited resource with inadequate capabilities, carbon composite as a building material is more abundant, stronger and lighter. Carbon composite also has more possible applications and producing it leaves a smaller carbon dioxide footprint. New Field Hospital Equipment Verification Over the duration of two hot and humid weeks on an expansive parade ground field, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity conducted a non- medical equipment verification exercise with support from the 115th Combat Support Hospital (CHS) at Fort Polk, Louisiana. USAMMDA led the exercise in coordination with the Army Medical Department Center and School/Health Readiness Center of Excellence, Capabilities Development Integration Directorate, the AMEDD Board, and the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency. The new field hospital is modular in concept, consisting of smaller sections that build into a larger hospital configuration. The hospital starts with a 32-bed early entry section, which provides hospitalization and outpatient services in support of deployed forces. Next, either the surgical capabilities are expanded with a 24-bed capability, or intensive and intermediate medical care is increased with a 32-bed expansion. Finally, a 60-bed intensive care capability is added depending on what is required at the time. During the course of the verification exercise, the two resulting 116-bed and 124-bed configurations were established including Tent Extendable Modular Personnel air-supported shelters, rigid wall shelters, and power and water infrastructure to verify the non-medical equipment requirements. "The layout of the power and water is the main focus of the exercise," said Jaime Lee, USAMMDA Medical Support Systems Project Management Office product manager. "Documenting that is important." Focusing on Necessities For the water/waste water configuration, information gathered during this event was needed to make sure there were enough hoses and fittings necessary to make new medical equipment sets into the modular components that now make up the new field hospital design. The power team needed to make sure there was enough Power Distribution Illumination System electrical equipment to support the new field hospital conversion, which refers to the military family of power distribution equipment. The new field hospital mid-deployment at Fort Polk, Louisiana. (Photo courtesy of Carey Phillips, USAMMDA) Mobile Medical Fielding Hospital-level Care www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 6 | Combat & Casualty Care | Spring 2017

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