Combat & Casualty Care

Summer 2017

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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we have been providing centralized management for the Army Sur- geon General's Medical Materiel Readiness Program (MMRP), which consists of four CSHs worth of Class VIII (i.e., medical materiel) and Class VII (i.e., major end items to support setup and patient care areas of the hospital such as tents, power and environmental controls). The MMRP is stored and maintained out of Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, California. On a quarterly basis, USAMMA biomedical maintenance engineers perform technical inspections and calibration on biomedi- cal maintenance-significant equipment. USAMMA also funds Sierra Army Depot to perform care of supplies in storage and repairs on the non-medical associated support items of equipment. To reduce costs where possible, the MMRP focuses on efficiently managing mainte- nance, inventory, spare parts and storage. When compared with the costs of having to field and sustain all previous active components and reserve CSHs, the MMRP reaps an annual cost avoidance for the Army of $12.3 million in reduced care of supplies in storage and approxi- mately $500,000 in sustainment costs. Recently, under the direction of the Army Surgeon General, we leveraged the MMRP to reset (i.e., replenish medical equipment) the 28th CSH, upon its return from a nine-month deployment to Baghdad, Iraq. The unit needed new equipment and supplies because they left their equipment behind for follow-on units. Leveraging the MMRP in this way ensures continuity of care (for theater operations) and readiness (for the returning unit). As we move forward, Army Medicine is also exploring new oppor- tunities for centralized management. One example is the Centralized Medical Materiel Management (C-M3) program, which is designed to create an efficient, streamlined medical supply chain functioning under a single catalog. If done correctly, C-M3 has the potential to further increase unit readiness by standardizing support provided to all operating force units either in garrison or deployed to a Theater of Operations. Over the next year or so, USAMMA will further explore this concept and work through a variety of factors such as master data, cataloging and sourcing requirements that are necessary for CM-3 to succeed. I am excited for the future of USAMMA. We are continuing to challenge our already remarkable record of providing Readiness. We are testing and exercising our go-to-war programs and rethinking our acquisition strategies to deliver better solutions, more rapidly, to the Warfighter. With industry becoming more just-in-time in nature, we must leverage our depots and forward sites to provide just in case stocks. The opportunity for us now is balancing efficiency and effectiveness; managing limited resources and future unknowns to support the Army's number one priority -- Readiness. A SPARTACO COMPANY EMI Hardened To Protect Troops Lights Designed For Ultimate Performance And Protection In The Field Jameson's product line includes lighting for shelters, medical applications and equipment. COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION | scan the code to sign up now! Summer 2017 | Combat & Casualty Care | 13 COMMANDER'S CORNER

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