10th Mountain Division (LI) medics participated in an in-depth nurse clinical training day at the Medical Simulation Training Center, Fort Drum, N.Y, on April 9th, 2020.
The training provided additional tools for medics to use in situations they may not be familiar with. The course also taught skills that are outside their scope of practice, but needed in emergency situations.
“Most of the medics are familiar with trauma-like settings where they come in, stabilize someone, and then evacuate them,” said Capt. Paul Yi, an instructor, and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team nurse. “What they learned today are all skills that medics can implement in their careers, even if they were forward deployed overseas.”
The eight-hour training included lessons on basic medication administration, the different oxygen augmentations and ventilators, body mechanics and moving patients, and how to use an electrocardiogram to find cardiac abnormalities.
Pvt. Maxwell Siner, a medic from C Company, 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, said he felt fortunate to be a part of the training event.
“I am happy to be a part of this course because, at advanced individual training, we didn’t learn how to move patients in a hospital setting,” said Siner. “Instead, we focused on a trauma setting. We didn’t learn how to take care of them in a more compassionate way and long term. We learned how to get the job done and how to do it efficiently.”
“I think the training has gone very well,” said Yi. “The Soldiers are taking the classes very seriously and are being very attentive. We are very glad to have them on board.”