The American Academy of Disaster Medicine (AADM) delivered a specially designed, two-day training session to members of the 927th Aeromedical Staging Squadron (ASTS), an Air Force Reserve Command unit on MacDill Air Force Base, on August 3-4, 2017. Funding for the Disaster Medicine Training was provided by the AAPS Foundation. The AADM assembled a team of preeminent experts from leading universities who taught collapsed structure rescue and treatment, trauma and hemorrhage control, and resuscitating radiation and blast casualties. This curriculum, which is unique within the Department of Defense, included both classroom instruction and hands-on skill stations.
Primary instructors were:
- Joseph A. Barbera, MD, George Washington University
- Heidi P. Cordi, MPH, MS, EMTP, FACEP, Columbia University,
- Stephen O. Cunnion, MD, PhD, MPH, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences,
- Donald A. Donahue, DHEd, MBA, FACHE, FRSPH, University of Maryland University College
- Frederick Slone, MD, University of South Florida
In addition, key support and assistance were rendered by:
- Gary L. Cagle, MPA, CEM, EMT-P, A.T. Still University (First Year DHSc Student)
- Catherine Divingian, PhD, MS, ACE CPT, University of South Florida (Third Year Medical Student)
Over the course of the two days, students attended lectures on the clinical and operational aspects of crushing, blast, trauma, and radiological injuries. Course content included both attending to the needs of the victim and assuring the safety and security of the rescuers. The afternoon of Friday, August 4th consisted of hands-on skill stations that simulated collapsed building rescues, addressed rapid shock treatment via an intraosseous vascular access system, and replicated treatment of a victim of an explosion who was radiologically contaminated.
The training was well received by the members of the 927th ASTS, which included physicians, nurses, a dentist, and various other medical and support staff. The command indicated its desire to host an AADM educational team again in 2018.
Article by: Donald A. Donahue, DHEd, MBA, FACHE, FRSPH, University of Maryland University College
Disaster Medicine Training Photos
Dated photos by Debra Wurmlinger
Photo by TSgt Peter Dean, USAFR AFRC 927 ARW/PA
“I have a greater appreciation and understanding of responding to a disaster within a confined space.”
“I learned a tremendous amount of how to deal with a mass casualty incident.”
“Great class – well done!”
“This is the best training I have done since coming to our Air Force. Thank you!!”
“Thank you! Excellent course!”
Check out more photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/927arw/albums/72157684552005961 by TSgt Peter Dean, USAFR AFRC 927 ARW/PA.
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