Camp Pendleton Marine medics undergo realistic battlefield training
Friday, August 10, 2012, 11:22:37 AM
Members of the 1st Medical Battalion at Camp Pendleton
recently prepared for their deployment to Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, attending to fake wounds and getting realistic battlefield training.
The medics practiced on actors and hyper-realistic props to learn how to respond to blast wounds and other challenging conditions at a mobile hospital where trauma patients have a 97 percent chance of survival.
"We only see critical patients here. We don’t (do) sick call here," Hospital Corpsman 1st Class John Hawley told San Clemente Patch.
The realistic training helps mentally prepare the medics and provide them the opportunity to practice their skills in a realistic environment and get real-time feedback. Past training methods were not as involved, therefore not allowing all members of the medical team to practice things as finding a particular tool or communicating a need.
The training environment was provided by Strategic Operations (STOPS), a Kearny Mesa-based company, that provides training environments for military, law enforcement and other organizations using role players, training scenarios, and other proprietary training tools and methods, according to their official site. STOPS began providing pre-deployment training in 2002 and has worked with more than 450,000 military personnel.
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