• SEOUL, South Korea " A nursing instructor from Yonsei University College of Medicine guides a flexible camera into an obstructed airway during a practical exercise July 10 at the 23rd Asia Pacific Military Medicine Conference. (From left to right) Maj. Choi Gyeong-Pil, Republic of Korea Army; Capt. Han Song-Hee, ROK Army; Capt. Hwang Yu-Gyeong, ROK Army; look on while 1st Lt. Ji Sang-Hwan, DMZ Police, looks for the obstruction on the portable monitor. Military medical leaders from 21 nations participated in the conference from July 8-12. The annual medical exchange, hosted by U.S. Army Pacific and Republic of Korea Armed Forces Medical Command, addressed everything from emerging infectious diseases to deployment health for peacekeeping operations.

    Obstructed airway practical exercise

    SEOUL, South Korea " A nursing instructor from Yonsei University College of Medicine guides a flexible camera into an obstructed airway during a practical exercise July 10 at the 23rd Asia Pacific Military Medicine Conference. (From left to right) Maj...

  • Maj. Han Ja-Gyeong, Republic of Korea Army, bandages an "amputation" on a medical dummy during the 23rd Asia Pacific Military Medicine Conference July 10 in the Millennium Seoul Hilton. Military medical leaders from 21 nations participated in the conference from July 8-12. The annual medical exchange, hosted by U.S. Army Pacific and Republic of Korea Armed Forces Medical Command, addressed everything from emerging infectious diseases to deployment health for peacekeeping operations.

    Maj. Han Ja-Gyeong, Republic of Korea Army, bandages an

    Maj. Han Ja-Gyeong, Republic of Korea Army, bandages an "amputation" on a medical dummy during the 23rd Asia Pacific Military Medicine Conference July 10 in the Millennium Seoul Hilton. Military medical leaders from 21 nations participated in the...

  • SEOUL, South Korea " With the "casualty" stabilized, a team of South Korean military medical personnel discuss the treatment decisions they made with an instructor, during the 23rd Asia Pacific Military Medicine Conference July 10 at the Millennium Seoul Hilton. Military medical leaders from 21 nations participated in the conference from July 8-12. The annual medical exchange, hosted by U.S. Army Pacific and Republic of Korea Armed Forces Medical Command, addressed everything from emerging infectious diseases to deployment health for peacekeeping operations.

    South Korean military medical personnel discuss the treatment decisions

    SEOUL, South Korea " With the "casualty" stabilized, a team of South Korean military medical personnel discuss the treatment decisions they made with an instructor, during the 23rd Asia Pacific Military Medicine Conference July 10 at the Millennium...

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korean military medical personnel rehearsed lifesaving medical treatments during the 23rd Asia Pacific Military Medicine Conference July 10 at the Millennium Seoul Hilton.

Republic of Korea medical personnel, in teams of four, rehearsed emergency medical decision-making in complex injuries, including obstructed airways, profuse bleeding, neck and spine injuries, severed limbs and other battlefield injuries military personnel find themselves treating.

"They are learning to make treatment decisions in complex cases, where time is short, and they're learning why those decisions are critical," said Dr. Chang Hyun-Soo, an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine.

After the hands-on exercise, an instructor went through the scenario step-by-step and discussed the diagnosis and treatment decisions made by group members, with group discussions on alternative options and ramifications.

"It was really interesting to use and experience the state-of-the-art dummies and equipment," said Capt. Hwang Yu-Gyeong, ROK Army. "I found the training really useful, not just for me, but for all of us."

South Korean conference attendees said that the conference allows militaries to share best-practices and lessons learned in an increasingly complex environment where treatment providers must consider everything from emerging infectious diseases, implications of natural and manmade disasters, to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks and post-deployment health for peacekeeping operations.

"Many of the biggest health problems we face transcend national borders," said Maj. Han Ja-Gyeong, ROK Army. "Conferences help build the relationships needed to make a lasting difference as we take on long-term issues."

Hosted by U.S. Army Pacific and the Republic of Korea Armed Forces Medical Command, the conference brought together experts to tackle a wide variety of health issues confronting military forces in the Asia Pacific region.

"Materials from the U.S. military are excellent and very useful, since they are based on real-life incidents," said Han. "They will help our military medicine system in Korea."

Special areas of interest for the conference included nursing, veterinary medicine and noncommissioned officer development.

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