Fort McCoy News March 28, 2014

RTS-Medical trains Soldiers on ACLS skills

Public Affairs Staff

Soldiers from Wisconsin and Illinois built on their skills during the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course at the Regional Training Site (RTS)-Medical complex at Fort McCoy.

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Pfcs. Richard Bass and John Jessie, both from the 472nd Chemical Battalion of Chicago, and Sgt. 1st Class Jance Cook (center), of the 452nd Combat Support Hospital of Milwaukee, Wis., practice a scenario while training in the Advanced Cardiac Life Support course.

Students in the two-day course, which took place March 3-4, are those who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes people who work in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive-care and critical-care units.

"Our training customers include doctors, nurses and many military occupational specialties in the medical career fields," said Mike Roth, ACLS instructor. "This is an American Heart Association (AHA)-approved course and is an excellent foundation for medical people to build their skills in cardiac care and response."

According to the AHA, ACLS is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care.

"Our students, for example, learn about stroke recognition, signs of cardiac arrest, electrocardiogram recognition and what medications are important," said Roth, who spent 21 years in the Army as a medic.

"Each class can be a maximum of 20 students, but we have also had smaller class sizes," Roth said. "We remain flexible to support the training needs as required."

Sgt. 1st Class Jance Cook, Bravo Company, 452nd Combat Support Hospital of Milwaukee, Wis., gave high marks for the training he received in the course.

"I'm very thankful for the availability of this class," Cook said.

"It's a top-rate course that offers everything we need to know to be successful in understanding the type of care we have to do. You can see the level of knowledge with the instructors is very high. Also, we have all the training tools we need here (at Fort McCoy) to be successful in this course."

Another student, Pfc. John Jessie from the 472nd Chemical Battalion of Chicago, said he appreciated the experience Roth brought to teaching the course.

"That made this course even better for me," Jessie said. "You could see his level of experience was extensive. It helped me better understand some of the course material."

Pfc. Richard Bass, also from the 472nd Chemical Battalion, added, "In this course, the information is broken down into pieces we can understand and remember. It's design is perfect for the medical learning environment."

RTS-Medical offers one-stop training in its medical complex of buildings in the 10000 block area, according to Administrative/Executive Officer Gerry Meyer. This allows units to conduct all their training in the area, reduces travel time and minimizes distractions.

The organization has been a tenant activity and training partner at Fort McCoy since 1991.

For more information about RTS-Medical training, call 608-388-2544.