Doctors, medics partner for trauma lane training

| February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army Soldiers and a Japan Ground Self Defense Force officer provide tactical care under the cover of smoke during a recent training exercise at Schofield Barracks, Feb. 12, 2018. The lanes are designed to provide a challenging and realistic trauma lane with an opposition force. Photo by Ramee Opperude (USAHC-Schofield Barracks)

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Ramee Opperude
U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks
Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — U.S. Army Soldiers and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) medical professionals trained shoulder to shoulder at the Medical Simulation Training Center, here, Feb. 12.

While much of the training revolves around classroom instruction, trauma lanes and clinical rotations, the overarching theme of the visit was relationship building.

“This is the first time that our foreign counterparts have participated in our lanes; they have primarily observed in the past,” said Staff Sgt. Eric Sessom, instructor, Medical Simulation Training Center.

U.S. Army and Japan Ground Self Defense Force personnel provide tactical care during a trauma lane while under simulated fire, Feb. 12, 2018. JGSDF personnel received classroom instruction to include the fundamentals of global health engagement course prior to arriving to Schofield Barracks. Photo by Ramee Opperude (USAHC-Schofield Barracks)

“It is going to be a challenge with our different tactics,” added Sessom. “It can be a really stressful environment, and hopefully, they can put it all into play out there on the lane.”

The JGSDF doctors visiting Schofield Barracks began the morning with classroom briefings and hands-on instruction focusing on tourniquet application before transitioning to a field training environment with a focus of providing care to injuries on the battlefield. Trainees representing the 25th Infantry Division, the 9th Mission Support Command and the JGSDF were challenged to provide care in this high stress environment.

Medical Professionals from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force look on as instructors from the Medical Simulation Training Center on Schofield Barracks provide a hands-on tactical care demonstration. U.S. Army and JGSDF personnel put their training into practice during tactical medical lanes immediately following the classroom demonstrations, Feb. 12, 2018. (U.S. Army Photo by Ramee Opperude, USAHC-Schofield Barracks)

“The overall intent is to broaden their (JGSDF) perspective on how we do military medicine in the U.S. Army,” said Master Sgt. Kevin Edmundson, Global Health Engagements noncommissioned officer in charge, Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P).

“They are getting some good tactical training, trauma lane training. The JGSDF is gaining some insight on how our medics do trauma lane training in addition to attending the Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement Course,” added Edmundson.

Regional health engagements and subject matter expert exchanges enhance partner capabilities in responding to crises, ensure open lines of communication and contribute to regional and international security.

It is through strong partnerships with U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and U.S. Army-Pacific (USARPAC) that Army Medicine’s RHC-P and the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks are able to commit the resources to provide greater physical and mental well-being through rapidly growing global health engagements.

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