News: Hands-on medical training pays dividends
Story by Sgt. Steven Reeves
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Military personnel taking part in Golden Coyote 2014 get intense, hands-on medical training they can rely on when they end up on a real-world mission.
The performing-immediate-lifesaving training lane at West Camp Rapid involves learning various techniques such as needle decompression, applying bandages and tourniquets, carrying an injured person on a litter and calling in a medical evacuation over a radio.
Members of the Army Reserve’s 418th and 432nd Civil Affairs battalions were among the first to go through the training, which was conducted by 14 Navy Reservists assigned to Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) Dallas One.
“Our goal is to teach the basics of providing immediate care when a person is injured under fire,” said Lt. Cmdr. Darlene McMiddleton, a civilian trauma-care nurse in her hometown of Charlotte, N.C. “That includes stopping bleeding and getting them to a safe zone so they can be evacuated.”
McMiddleton said it’s important that military personnel, no matter their job or branch of service, continually hone their lifesaving skills.
“You never know when you’re going to end up in another war zone,” she said. “We’ve all gained a lot of knowledge these past years in Iraq and Afghanistan. We don’t want to lose all that knowledge so we keep training.”
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremiah Schneider, a native of Sioux Falls, S.D., trained the Soldiers on how to properly transport a patient using a litter.
“It’s probably one of the most important skills that we teach,” said Schneider, a flight medic in civilian life. “They have to know how to transport a patient from point to point. If they can’t do that, the patient can’t get the life-saving care they need.”
The training culminated with the Soldiers putting the skills they had learned through a scenario in which they were required to treat and then transport a “wounded” comrade while being attacked by opposing forces.
Pvt. Rachel Ransdell, a supply specialist with the 418th Civil Affairs Battalion, said the training was stressful, yet realistic.
“I definitely look forward to more training like this because it prepares you for real-world missions,” said Ransdell, a native of Kansas City, Mo. “And working with the Navy was really awesome.”