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    NMCSD Hosts ASSET+ Training for Expeditionary Surgeons


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    Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob L Greenberg 

    Naval Medical Center San Diego

    SAN DIEGO – Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) hosted an Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET+) training evolution in the hospital’s Simulation Center July 8.
    ASSET+ training replaces the existing Emergency War Surgery Course (EWSC), and will be a required part of the knowledge, skills and abilities for expeditionary surgeons.
    “This is important, readiness training,” said Cmdr. Matthew Tadlock, NMCSD’s acute care surgery team head and trauma specialty advisor to the surgeon general. “This new version of the course exposes surgeons to damage control neurosurgical, orthopedic procedures, as well as emergency cesarean section surgeries.”
    Retired Air Force Col. Mark Bowyer, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ surgical simulation director, has been working on and designing the program for over 30 years.
    “I think this is an essential set of skills that all military surgeons need to be able to have to intervene in life, limb and eyesight-threatening injuries,” said Bowyer. “It’s very gratifying to be able to be a part of this sort of training, and train those who are caring for others in harm’s way.”
    Bowyer said he thinks the future of battlefield medicine will require military surgeons who can perform as advertised, meaning we have the confidence that they can perform the skills that are necessary to care for wounded warriors.
    Some surgeons in attendance are scheduled to deploy in the near future.
    “The best thing we are getting out of this training experience is that we’re operating together,” said Lt. Cmdr. Diego Vincente, a surgical oncologist assigned to NMCSD. “As a team that has never met each other before, we’re slated to deploy and be expected to perform surgeries on injured or critical patients. This training is absolutely critical for us to get used to operating together, and is invaluable in a trauma setting.”
    This course is essential for pre-deployment training for surgical teams.
    “Without this course, [surgical teams] wouldn’t have the valuable, life-saving, battlefield training they’re expected to have before they have to use it in the field,” said Tadlock. “NMCSD is the first military training facility to teach this version of ASSET+.”
    Class participants worked on cadavers and simulated, surgery mannequins. They practiced torso trauma surgeries, craniotomies, external fixations, lateral canthotomies and emergency C-sections.
    NMCSD’s mission is to prepare service members to deploy in support of operational forces, deliver high quality healthcare services and shape the future of military medicine through education, training and research. NMCSD employs more than 6,000 active duty military personnel, civilians and contractors in Southern California to provide patients with world-class care anytime, anywhere.
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    Date Taken: 07.08.2020
    Date Posted: 08.04.2020 17:56
    Story ID: 374924
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 

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