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Incorporating New Technology to Create a Comprehensive Realistic Training Environment for the 91W

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Final rept. 15 Feb-30 Sep 2005

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The level of competence of the combat medic 91W is varied and below the standard of civilian paramedics and Special Forces medics. These soldiers often have minimal clinical experience when assigned directly out of Advanced Individual Training AIT. When training does occur, it is often on individual subsets of knowledge and does not allow practice of these multiple skills together, in sequence or in a combined scenario with the medics entire unit in tactical maneuvers. Our proposal is to incorporate medical simulation into a clinically and tactically relevant program for training combat medics. Our goal is to incorporate short didactic sessions, immediate skills stations, case-based experiential learning in both simulation and live tissue models into a hybrid course for combat medics and all brigade medical providers from the combat life-saver to the FST surgeon. It consists of four major parts didactics, taskskills stations, case-based scenarios from actual wartime environments and an FTX. The FTX portion is unique in that it can be performed by a group of battalion medics only, be incorporated into a brigade sized FTX to include FST and rotary winged evacuation or be a combination of any of the brigade medical assets. We developed a course curriculum covering the critical principles of combat casualty care. Although good and constantly improving, todays simulators are not the same as live patients. Using an IRBIACUC approved protocol, procedural skills will be trained on live animals in a controlled environment during the FTX portion of the training. This FTX will attempt to bring in all the variables the 91W will encounter in a tactical environment.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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