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Graduates from all three services (Army, Navy and Air Force), emergency and family medicine residents, nurses, combat medics, surgeons and an array of other medical personnel, have endured the one of the hottest months in Central Texas this year and completed a week-long Joint Emergency Medical Exercise from June 10.

Originally designed for residents of the CRDAMC’s Emergency Medicine program as a four-hour exercise, JEMX has evolved into a week-long training event to train an array of medical personnel in combat casualty care and more.

Participants received classroom lectures, didactic training, and hands-on training from subject matter experts, ranging from tactical care of combat casualties to transfusion of autologous fresh whole blood, and transitioned into hospital operations field and military in urban terrain site scenarios to practice these skills.

“We have partnered with III Armored Corps, Fort Hood Military Simulation Training Center, select installation units, and the Tri-Service component to provide realistic combat casualty care training that is different from civilian medical care to which residents train throughout their 36 years. month-long program,” explained Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, Emergency Medicine Program Director, CRDAMC.

“You have to be able to do both,” Mitchell said. “I worked at Darnall Hospital as an ER doctor, then I was deployed as an ER doctor, and it’s different.”

Lt. Col. Robert “Jody” Shipley, Troop Battalion Commander, CRDAMC and overall training coordinator this year, described the training as being relevant in the real world. Improvements in clinical skills, critical thinking and adaptability acquired throughout JEMX prepare participants for future operations, he explained.

“The ability to interact within tri-service medical partnerships and learn best practices enhances our joint interoperability, which ultimately improves the quality of care we all provide,” Shipley said. “The care skills delivered during JEMX are skills transferable to the hospital setting, thus serving a dual purpose for both US Medical Command and the Defense Health Agency.”

U.S. Air Force Maj. Mark Cheney, anesthesiologist, 711th Human Performance Wing, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, was an instructor for the critical care airlift course during JEMX.

“We wanted to focus on patient movement, not just CCAT, but really patient movement principles that were relevant to all branches of service,” Cheney explained.

Cheney’s team helped members train on the C145 fixed-wing aircraft.

“I think we were able to convey that message and were able to learn as well as we participated,” Cheney said. “We took things that will benefit us. Especially in the field exercise scenarios where we were able to discuss and educate about patient movement and CCAT, and take small groups of people and demonstrate flight and all the considerations that go into the movement of this patient.

“Everyone can see what each brings to the table during this exercise,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kurt Hogan, flight medic, Louisiana National Guard. “Whether that person is a ten-year-old medic, a medic, a nurse, or even a junior combat medic.”

“Even though he’s a junior soldier, that doesn’t mean he didn’t come from a trauma hospital where he was a technician before he entered military service,” Hogan said.

“You can learn from everyone; when you stop learning, that’s when you fail,” he said.

Hogan and members of his unit participated in the training and provided air medical evacuation support for the exercise during scenarios with his Lakota and Blackhawk helicopters.

More than 2,000 service members from 70 units, representing more than 60 medical specialties and multinational medical personnel participated in JEMX this year.

“We had people here from Special Operations, Ranger Regiment, Navy and Air Force who have done many jobs and roles throughout their careers in service providing point of care care injury to bring us lessons learned,” Mitchell said.

“I think that’s really what makes JEMX unique is that we have this incredible breadth of knowledge and talent from across the Department of Defense coming in and saying it’s important that you all learn this.” , Mitchell added. “Let me teach you and let you learn from my experience.”

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