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Medical Training Saves Lives in Iraq
Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Waine D. Haley

Posted on 07/12/2006 5:20:12 PM PDT by SandRat

Medical Training Saves Lives in Iraq
Combat Lifesaver Course focuses on new methods to aid those injured in the field.
By U.S. Army Sgt. Waine D. Haley
133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
TIKRIT, Iraq, July 12, 2006 -- Combat Lifesaver training is a bridge between first aid training and the combat medic -- and it is saving lives in Iraq.

The Combat Lifesaver Course is taught primarily to the Army’s active duty, Reserve and National Guard, but at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, the class is offered to anyone who wants it.

“The course is open to more people than just the Army,” said Sgt. Tonia Manley, CLS course instructor, 47th Combat Support Hospital, 101st Airborne Division. “I’ve taught the course to KBR (Kellogg, Brown and Root), Blackwater security, British Forces, Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police.”

Manley related how she taught a group of KBR truck drivers who came back and thanked her for the training. Their convoy had been attacked and sustained casualties. Not only did the class help save lives, it also allowed the truck drivers to treat the injured and get the convoy rolling down the road in a timely manner.

James Ellis, executive officer for the Regional Reconstruction Operations Center, North Iraq, sends his employees through the class as many of their missions take them into regions where it could take hours to receive medical support. He believes this training could bridge that gap and save lives in the event of trouble.

The training includes evaluating a casualty, opening and managing a casualty’s airway, treating penetrating chest trauma, decompressing a collapsed lung, controlling bleeding, administering intravenous fluids.

The class is continuously being updated with new products and procedures. Some of the newer techniques include treatment of a collapsed lung by puncturing the chest cavity, placing a nasopharyngeal airway to ensure unrestricted breathing, inserting an I.V. saline lock as opposed to the previous technique of always starting I.V. fluids.

There are also new products available. Hextend I.V.s increase the volume of blood plasma. Quick Clot is a powder, made from potato starch, which acts to cauterize a wound and the Chitosan Bandage, stops severe bleeding by sealing the wound.

U.S. Army Sgt. Tonia Manley, Combat Lifesaver Course instructor, 47th Combat Support Hospital, 101st Airborne Division, observes Livid Crockett, Santa Maria, Calif, chemical specialist, 47th Combat Army Support Hospital, as she inserts a catheter into a manikin. The procedure teaches how to decompress the lung of a casualty. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Waine D. Haley

These new products and techniques are taught along with the old ones. Manley believes everyone who takes the class leaves with a sense of being able to save a life; be it as simple as giving a heart attack victim aspirin or as advanced as inserting a catheter into the chest cavity to relieve a collapsed lung.

“I’m thinking about re-classing as a medic,” said Spc. Anna-Marie Hizer, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, a student in the class. “So the CLS class gave me a good foundation for my training. And if I don’t, I’ll still have those skills if I need them on the civilian side.”

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; lives; medical; saves; training

1 posted on 07/12/2006 5:20:16 PM PDT by SandRat
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2 posted on 07/12/2006 5:20:44 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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Save. Good post. May they save many lives.

3 posted on 07/12/2006 6:41:38 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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