Global medical practitioners work to seamlessly integrate
CAPLJINA, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Instructors from the U.S. Defense Institute for Medical Operations are exchanging ideas and techniques with medical practitioners from the different countries participating in Shared Resilience 2012 May 28 - June 8 here.
The information flow is driven from a class titled "Critical Lifesaving Skills for First Responders" and focuses on the basic steps to save lives at the very onset of injury.
"We're not trying to get the students to do things our way," said Master Sgt. Joe Coyle, a course instructor from Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. "We want the students to take something of value and use it in their communities in their own specific way to improve the care given to patients."
The institute is a dual service agency composed of Air Force and Navy service members who provide regionally focused healthcare education and training to partners around the world. So far, the instructors have worked with more than 7,000 people in the global medical community in hopes that if a medical emergency were to happen, the responders — regardless of nationality — would seamlessly integrate to provide the best care possible.
"It's like working with an old friend again," said U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Schmid, course director and mobilization assistant to Air Force Medical Operations Agency at JBSA. "The course fosters a learning atmosphere; we learn as much from them as they do from us. There are always different customs and local rules that we may not be familiar with."
Schmid said that one of the challenges of being a first responder in this region is the ability to medically assess and treat injuries in austere conditions with limited resources, especially at sites of natural disasters. Earthquakes or floods, for instance, cause widespread damage and usually affect electricity. Some of a medical facility's advanced equipment is rendered useless without electricity.
"Stick to the basics — that's when you start saving lives," said 2nd Lt. Warren Carter, course instructor from San Antonio Military Medical Center at JBSA. "The skills I've gained working in the [emergency room] can help those out in the field. They see the patient first, so what happens then is vastly important."
DIMO developed the lifesaving skills course as a refresher for improving basic trauma skills for first responders since critical lifesaving skills can reduce preventable deaths from traumatic
injury. The course is taught in a way so the attendees can share in lectures and demonstrate their medical capabilities during skill stations at the end of each day's instruction.
"The language barrier is a little difficult," Coyle said, "but there is one universal standard of taking care of people."
SR12 continues with exercises planned to test the joint capabilities discussed during the DIMO course. The exercise is an annual U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff-sponsored exercise with a goal to strengthen interoperability; facilitate training in disaster management and crisis response; and validate the readiness of deployable multinational medical and humanitarian assistance teams.
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