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    Medics ‘train to train’ Soldiers with modern medical simulators



    Story by Sgt. Nicholas Farina 

    27th Public Affairs Detachment

    The Tactical Combat Casualty Care Exportable kit is a combination of Army medical simulators that can be used to train the Warrior Skill Level 1 Medical Training Tasks found in the Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks, said Jose L. Mercado, lead engineer of the Product Manager for Medical Simulators. Each brigade will receive two TC3X kits, which include full body trainers that mimic the weight and distribution of a human body, the ability to simulate breathing, bleeding, pulses and traumatic amputations.

    “Soldiers who are not medics are the ones that are there when the injury occurs,” Mercado said. “They need the skills necessary to prevent these (avoidable) deaths.”

    A single kit is designed to allow three medics to train up to 30 Soldiers on common medical tasks, Mercado said.

    Sgt. Nathanial McMahon, a Medical Simulation Training Center instructor from Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (LI), assures that this is vital training equipment for the modern warfighter.

    “They bleed. They talk. They move,” McMahon said. “This simulator will ‘die’ on you if you don’t have the right skills.”

    John T. Hayden, retired master sergeant and former Special Forces medic who now serves as senior military analyst and medical subject-matter expert for the Product Manager for Medical Simulators, stressed the importance of giving medics the ability to conduct this level of training for Soldiers.

    “What we are bringing to the medics is a tool,” Hayden said. “We are enabling them with tools they need in order to train better. Now they get to train Soldiers on modern medical simulation equipment.”

    Hayden, the instructor for this “train-to-train” information exchange with the medics, knows firsthand how this level of realism in training can save lives.

    “Your skills as a Soldier in saving your battle buddy’s life will be tremendously increased,” Hayden said. “Your confidence level will be much higher because you’ll be able to tell by the end of the training that what you are doing is correct.”

    Medics, combat experienced leaders and Soldiers preparing to serve in a combat zone can find solace in Hayden’s assurance that this technology will better prepare them, should they ever find themselves in that moment where they have to use their TC3 skills.

    “There will be no question in your mind whether or not what you did or what you will do is going to be right and is going to save a life,” Hayden said.

    According to Mercado, the TC3X kits will be available through the TSC here. Units can sign out the kits, take them to their unit area or on a training exercise, and then return them when training is complete.



    Date Taken: 11.23.2016
    Date Posted: 12.12.2016 13:50
    Story ID: 217373
    Location: FORT DRUM, NY, US 

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