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Posted: May 12, 2017 1:14 p.m.
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Battle Drill: Medical Evacuation Training

Photos by Staff Sgt. Kellen Stuart/3rd CAB Public Affairs

A flight medic uses the hoist to get into a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter during medical evacuation training on Hunter Army Airfield April 28. This was part of a medical evacuation training held by the company to help non-medical personnel learn the basics of prepping injured Soldiers to evacuate.

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In an accident, where someone may be unconscious, it may be unclear of the procedures to helping that person out. The person may be in shock or may be unable to physically move. In these instances, Soldiers need to know what to do in order to help their buddy.

Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade trained non-medical Soldiers on the proper way to secure and evacuate a Soldier in need at a training area on Hunter Army Airfield April 28.

"The top three priorities being a Soldier deployed are being able to maintain skills as a first responder, to effectively save someone's life at the point of injury, and to get that person to the next higher level of care," said 1st Sgt. Jared Voller, Co. C, 2 Bn., 3rd Aviation first sergeant.

The focus of training was land navigation and vehicle extrication from tactical vehicles, said Sgt. Christopher Leyda, a flight medic with the company. With the influx of new Soldiers, the training was valuable information for them to have.

“Everything else was icing on the cake—transporting a casualty via SKEDCO and performing a hoist with a SKEDCO, that’s supposed to be the special feature on the equipment to take it up on a cable on the helicopter,” he explained.

Covering warrior tasks and battle skills is important, to Soldiers of all ranks, because it helps build the Soldier’s confidence in doing tasks that aren’t typically done during their daily duties, said Voller.

“As part of the regular Army it is important to keep training on those tasks so that we are proficient in it—especially with all of these pretty relevant tasks,” added Leyda.

For non-medical Soldiers on the battlefield, knowing how to properly use lifesaving equipment could save time for medical personnel transporting the wounded, explained Leyda. That time is important because it gets the patient to the surgeon earlier.

“Being a ground medic with an infantry unit gave me a better perspective of what flight medics are looking for because I’ve called that nine-line and I’ve done the hand off to them,” he said. “Most of these units may not have that Oregon Spine Splint but may interact with a medic who does. So when the medic says ‘get the Oregon Spine Splint’ that also buys the patient time because the Soldier helping already knows what it looks like and exactly what it’s supposed to do. So they get it, open it, and help the ground medic out.”

The goal for the medical evacuation team is to bring an injured Soldier back alive, he added. “We’re coming, we’re going to pick you up and you’re going to be safe.”

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