‘Coldsteel’ medics conduct realistic simulation, perfect techniques

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
Spc. Cory Gaidzik, Co. C, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, fireman carries a Soldier during the tactical field care portion of medical simulation training, March 5. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Henry Garcia, 325th Brigade Support Battalion Public Affairs, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Spc. Cory Gaidzik, Co. C, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, fireman carries a Soldier during the tactical field care portion of medical simulation training, March 5. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Henry Garcia, 325th Brigade Support Battalion Public Affairs, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

1st Lt. Andrew Hyres
325th Brigade Support Battalion Public Affairs, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of Company C, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, “Mustangs,” 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, held medical simulation training, here, March 5.

The training assessed the medical skills of 14 Soldiers through multiple realistic lanes hosted by the Army Medical Simulation Training Center at Area X.

“Today, we’re out here training junior Soldiers who have never deployed or have recently returned back from Afghanistan,” said 2nd Lt. Ashley Smith, officer in charge, Co. C, 325th BSB.

“This gives us, as leaders, the opportunity to evaluate where these medics’ skills are through these different stressful scenarios,” Smith added. “More importantly, we’re out here to make these medics more proficient and more prepared for the next training event.”

Spc. Cory Gaidzik (left), Co. C, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, attempts to turn the ambulatory mannequin after performing triage and treatment during medical simulation training, March 5. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Henry Garcia, 325th Brigade Support Battalion Public Affairs, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Spc. Cory Gaidzik (left), Co. C, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, attempts to turn the ambulatory mannequin after performing triage and treatment during medical simulation training, March 5. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Henry Garcia, 325th Brigade Support Battalion Public Affairs, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

The “Coldsteel” medics conducted six different lanes that consisted of individual movement techniques, performed tactical field care, and triaged and treated all patients in a timely manner, all while wearing a full combat load either outside or inside the trauma house.

Soldiers were also required to prepare and request a nine-line medical evacuation report with a time limit.

“Lane simulations replicate the sounds and environment in which a medic will have to stay composed and treat their patients,” said Sgt. Matthew Dortch, section sergeant, 325th BSB.

Dortch said the major difficulty the medics experienced was the speed of treating their patients.

“It was a solid improvement as they went from one lane to the next,” he said.

Spc. Richard Miles, medic, 325th BSB, spoke lane challenges and how the training would definitely be an eye-opener for all junior medics who are new to the unit.

“Of all the lanes, the trauma house was the most difficult,” Miles said. “The cadre pressed us to move quickly and still perform the proper care to the mannequins. It helped me rebuild the muscle memory and my composure under pressure.”

After the medics conducted the scenarios successfully, leadership conducted an after-action review to discuss the positive outcomes of the event and how they can improve for the following quarter.

“I liked the fact that leadership gave each of us the opportunity to reflect on how we did, both as a group and individually; this was very beneficial,” said Miles.

Leadership had a chance to go through the lanes, as well, which gave Soldiers the opportunity, and motivation, to see how their leaders would respond to medical situations under stress.

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