Medical innovation lauded

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs,
25th Infantry Division

Capt. John Kurtz, aeromedical physician assistant, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, received the 2012 Army Aviation Association of America Medicine Award at the Fort Rucker Senior Leader’s Conference, here, Jan. 29.

Kurtz earned the award for his efforts in leading the development, training and implementation of the historic Army Blood Product Administration program (and related actions) during his deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to excel,” Kurtz said.

The innovative blood program enabled flight medics to administer blood products to catastrophically wounded patients while en route to higher levels of medical care, a first in Army aviation that has saved countless lives.

As the lead medical officer of the program for Task Force Wings, Kurtz trained more than 32 flight medics and successfully completed blood product implementation at five sites across Afghanistan. His steadfast commitment to the advancement of medicine was instrumental to the successful implementation of numerous programs and led to historic changes in the expansion of care in the back of an aircraft.

“We have committed ourselves to providing the best possible care available to the wounded,” Kurtz said. “Our goal is not to just meet the standards of care, but to take that extra step to better the quality of care for future operations.”


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