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    Getting to Zero Preventable Deaths on the Battlefield

    Getting to Zero Preventable Deaths on the Battlefield

    Photo By Twana Atkinson | Soldiers from Womack Army Medical Center participate in Tactical Combat Casualty Care...... read more read more



    Story by Twana Atkinson 

    Womack Army Medical Center

    WOMACK ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Womack Army Medical Center is working to reduce combat morbidity and mortality through their ‘Enhanced Paramedic Program.’
    This 25-week program targets the 68W combat medic specialist, and the Navy corpsman has been ongoing since January of 2018.
    Command Sgt. Maj. Uriah Popp the WAMC Director of Prehospital Medical Training Programs and leader of the Enhanced Paramedic Program, stated this program is part of a greater strategic effort to get to zero preventable death in the battlefield.
    Popp stated currently, 90 percent of combat fatalities occur in our fighting elements like the infantry.
    Since 2001, 25 percent of the service members who died of wounds, deaths have been deemed potentially preventable, and this percentage equates to nearly a thousand service members.
    The combat medic or corpsman is primarily responsible for providing emergency medical treatment at the point of injury, or where they are wounded on the battlefield.
    This current military occupational specialty training track is based on an EMT basic curriculum.
    This curriculum served the military well during the last 18 years of conflict, but current and future conflicts will present challenges increasing morbidity and mortality.
    Womack launched this initiative in support of the National Defense Authorization Act’s goal for prolonged care training and reducing preventable death.
    “Our ‘Enhanced Paramedic Program’ targets where preventable death is occurring and who is responsible for providing their care,” said Popp. “This program offers the greatest return in investment for reducing morbidity and mortality on the battlefield.”
    WAMC partnered with Fayetteville Technical Community College to provide medics the opportunity to earn and attend the Emergency Medical Training-Paramedic training.
    These medics then receive critical care flight paramedic training and certification as well as the Delayed Evacuation Casualty Management.
    Once credentialed they are then privileged as paramedics allowing them to sustain their newly acquired advanced skills within the Fort Bragg EMS and Womack infrastructures.
    Womack has trained over a thousand medics from all military services in the past year, and plan to double those numbers in the future.
    The ‘Enhanced Paramedic Program’ aims to empower the conventional medic to provide field medical care beyond ‘doctrinal planning time’ in order to decrease patient mortality and morbidity, as well as equip them with critical care skills to provide a higher standard of care.
    A majority of the medics and corpsman WAMC has trained over the past year are from our supported units in the 82nd Airborne Division, throughout 18th Airborne Corps, and the Corpsman supporting the Marine units at Camp Lejeune.
    Sgt. Lauren Engelhardt appreciates the opportunity of attending the enhanced course and welcomed the challenge of the new responsibilities.
    “I love that the training gives us more of the nursing aspect than trauma. I now
    have assigned patients that I’m responsible for in the Emergency Department, as opposed to assisting as I had before the training,” she said.
    Now that Engelhardt is a trained paramedic, she is assigned as a in Fort Bragg’s Emergency Medical Services, an opportunity she would not have had if she had not been through the course.
    “We want to mitigate the knowledge gaps that the 68Ws may have, in order to meet the demands of the future fight. Training prepares you for the known, but knowledge equips you with critical thinking skills for the unknown,” said Popp.
    In the recently released report, “The Operational Environment and the Changing Character of Future Warfare,” U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command officials outlined what warfare over the next few decades may look like.
    Between now and 2035, TRADOC expects that there will be an era of accelerated human progress.
    There will be a time where “… adversaries can take advantage of new technologies, new doctrine and revised strategic concepts to effectively challenge U.S. military forces across multiple domains,” the paper said.
    “There are several initiatives like the K.I.A. Reductions and Enhanced Lethality that have been deem important by legislation. Womack is supporting those initiatives by revamping the training of our combat medics to increase survivability and readiness,” said Popp.



    Date Taken: 06.10.2019
    Date Posted: 06.10.2019 15:50
    Story ID: 326484
    Location: FAYETTEVILLE, NC, US 

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    Getting to Zero Preventable Deaths on the Battlefield