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Navy Medical Unit

Troops wait in line to donate blood , as Camp Taqaddum's main surgical facility handles a sudden rush of injured service members from an insurgent attack in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. Often, personnel at Camp Taqaddum will show up within five minutes of the request going out, said Cmdr. Richard L. Schroff, officer in charge of Taqaddum Surgical. Since taking over the facility , Schroff, a 43-year-old native of Carrollton, Va., and his unit have used the emergency blood donation system seven times, including a stretch of four out of five days recently. Taqaddum Surgical handles the duties of both a shock trauma platoon and a forward resuscitative surgical suite, which are essentially makeshift emergency and operating rooms. When a service member is injured in battle, he receives specialized resuscitative treatment from the STP, with surgery provided by the FRSS. More extensive care is provided at one of the Combat Army Surgical Hospitals in Baghdad or Balad.



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This work, Navy Medical Unit [Image 6 of 16], by CPT Robert Shuford, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.26.2006

Date Posted:04.26.2006 10:25

Photo ID:18661

Resolution:3188x1916

Size:3.24 MB

Location:AL ANBAR PROVINCE, IQGlobe

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  • When a mass casualty incident occurs in the Al Anbar Province, it can be a stressful time for the nurses, corpsmen, surgeons and Marines of Taqaddum Surgical, the main facility of its kind in the region. A wounded Iraqi soldier receives a blood transfusion after suffering injuries in an insurgent attack April 27, 2006. The staff of Taqaddum Surgical treated the soldier, along with several others of the Iraqi Army after the attack. Two American service members attached to the unit's Military Transition Team were also injured. Taqaddum Surgical is classified as a surgical shock trauma platoon because it has two main elements: a shock trauma platoon, which serves as an emergency room, and a forward resuscitative surgical suite -- a battlefield operating room. The MTT is a small group of American military personnel tasked with training and advising the Iraqi soldiers as they take control of their country.
  • Quickly treating the injured is a group effort at Taqaddum Surgical as Marines, sailors and soldiers help load an injured Iraqi service member onto an ambulance for transportation to a waiting helicopter April 27, 2006.  The staff of Taqaddum Surgical, the main facility of its kind in the region, treated several soldiers of the Iraqi Army after a recent insurgent attack. The unit had several wounded in the attack that also hit two American service members attached to the unit's Military Transition Team. Taqaddum Surgical is classified as a surgical shock trauma platoon, or SSTP, because it has two main elements: a shock trauma platoon, which serves as an emergency room, and a forward resuscitative surgical suite -- a battlefield operating room. The MTT is a small group of American military personnel tasked with training and advising the Iraqi soldiers as they take control of their country.
  • Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Neil E. Ricoablanc, laboratory technician, Camp Taqaddum Surgical, prepares blood from a donor to be tested. Service members donated blood for an injured Iraqi policeman who was brought in with severe injuries from an improvised explosive device, June 19.
  • Service members fill out forms at Camp Taqaddum Surgical in support of a "walking blood bank" held, June 19. Service members from across TQ donated their life flow to help sustain an Iraqi policeman who was injured by an improvised explosive device. The policeman had his leg and arm amputated before being stabilized and transferred to a higher level of care facility for further treatment.

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