Francis Horton, The Real McCoy Contributor
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.
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)
with mannequins and fellow Soldiers dressed with various wounds, the
medics are getting training outside of their normal military
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.
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."
people have actual needs," said Towson, needs such as food and
water, as well as calming down a patient with traumatic wounds.
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."
Licensed Practical Nurse,
325th Combat Support Hospital
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
the Global Medic exercise, the medics of the 325th had a much
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
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.
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.)