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Training

Global Medic gets Combat 
Support Hospital into field

By Spc. Francis Horton, The Real McCoy Contributor

FORT MCCOY, Wis. ó Training for the Soldiers of the 325th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) for Global Medic 2009 didnít occur at a hospital, but rather out in a field location.

Photo: Members of the 325th CSH practice removing a "wounded" Soldier from a vehicle during Global Medic training at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Spc. Francis Horton)
Members of the 325th CSH practice removing a "wounded" Soldier from a vehicle during Global Medic training at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Spc. Francis Horton)

Working with mannequins and fellow Soldiers dressed with various wounds, the medics are getting training outside of their normal military occupational specialties.

Before the mission starts, the medics received a refresher course on tactical combat casualty care with the Ďwoundedí Soldiers in the field. Among the practice missions are triage, litter carry and removing wounded from a vehicle.

"Itís good to use live casualties because we can get feedback from them," said Spc. Rochelle Towson, a Licensed Practical Nurse with the 325th CSH. "Instead of just a dummy with a tag telling the medics what is wrong with them, they have real people who require care and mannequins donít."

"Real people have actual needs," said Towson, needs such as food and water, as well as calming down a patient with traumatic wounds.

The medics also are learning how to deal with rough terrain while carrying a wounded Soldier on a litter. Using teamwork and verbal commands, they traversed hills, valleys and woods, all while keeping the wounds of the Soldier they were carrying in mind. Once they reached their destination, they practiced calling in for a medical evacuation.


"It's good to use live casualties because we can get feedback from them."

Spc. Rochelle Towson,
Licensed Practical Nurse,
325th Combat Support Hospital

 

"Itís a good refresher for us," said Spc. Andrew Lee, a medic with the 325th CSH. Normally, he would work in the CSH rather than as a field medic, but is required to be up to speed with his training on the battlefield.

During the Global Medic exercise, the medics of the 325th had a much different mission.

"Weíll be working in the Intermediate Care Ward," said Sgt. Tracy Fraser-Bingham, a medic with the 325th CSH. In this area, the Soldiers take care of the wounded after immediate care and stabilization is done.

In this area, they will be giving medication, changing and dressing wounds and anything else required for the patients, Fraser-Bingham said. The medics are excited about their training and realize just how important their jobs are, both in the field, and in the hospital.

"We teach them how to live again," Fraser-Bingham said. "Anyone about to leave comes through us, and they live."

(Horton is with the 363rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

 

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