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Ryder Trauma Center leads US military medical team training

06-14-2012 10:35 BJT

The Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, Florida, is one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation.  Army doctors there see an average of 11 trauma patients a day—about as many as the biggest military hospital in a conflict zone and that's why it's considered one of the most important training centers for U.S. military medical teams. 

Doctor said, "Right now, what we know is that it was a motorcycle accident, patient lost consciousness at the scene, has lost ZGS, so we suspect a head injury."

They train for tragedy. This Army medical team is at the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, learning how to save lives in chaos.  Ten forward surgical teams go through Ryder every year.

With no time for panic, the teams need to be quick, detailed-oriented and synchronized in their tasks.  Any mistake can cause the death of this teenager.
Reporter: "What makes this facility unique for training purposes is the considerable of amount high “penetrating” trauma they receive—those are patients with gun and knife wounds."

 The Army located the Ryder Center at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital because of the number of serious trauma patients treated there—almost 4,000 a year

Dr. Nicholas Namias, Ryder Trauma Center Director, said, "Miami is a getaway to South America.  It’s a confluence of bunch of different parts of the world in one place so there is always tensions, crime and violence.  We sometimes get four at a time, six at a time

and that’s what they deal with, they deal with this large of influx of patients at one time and we can simulate here with our real life experience.”

While a part of the team treats the patient, others watch and analyze from another room.

Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Miller, US Army, said, "By the end of the two weeks they feel more cohesive.  They click more.   I think you can say and they feel more confident on their abilities to go wherever there is they go after here to take care of soldiers or patients."

Sergeant first class Jackson has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and values the importance of this kind of training.

Sergeant First Class, Jackson Stanley, US Army, said, "It helps us to think on what we need to do and actually put us in that situation, somewhat stressful situation."

That’s the military term, signaling the end of an exercise. The whole situation was fake, the trainees didn’t know this, only their instructors and the actor who played the role of patient. But that’s why they are they’re here—to learn how to react to the unexpected.



Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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