When faced with providing care to an injured Soldier on the battlefield, medical personnel must always be ready to react to any wound; knowing how the body will respond to provided care in the effort to save a life.
Luckily, for 90 Soldiers and 30 civilians assigned to 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army Hawaii, if they ever reach the point of providing care on the battlefield, it will not be the first time working with human tissue as they conducted Perfused Cadaver Training at the Medical Simulation Training Center on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, April 14 – 15, 2021.
“Perfused Cadaver training is an innovative new technology that allows participants to train on real human tissue that simulates bleeding.,” said Maj Steven Hurtle, division physician assistant, 25th Inf. Div. “Training on real human tissue gives participants a true picture of anatomy when performing advanced procedures and gives participants confidence that the procedures they have been trained on will work on a real patient when that time comes.”
For Spc. Dameon Frovarp, Charlie Company, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Div., the possibilities of learning new techniques to be able to saves lives out in the field intrigued him.
“I was excited to be able to work with a real body and be able to use the tools to get in there and work on a real body to see how it functions,” said Frovarp, a native of Alexandria, Minnesota.
Leadership definitely knew they wanted to take advantage of the realistic training.
“This training is out of the norm, however we hope to change that by performing this training more often,” said Hurtle. This training ensures that a combat situation is not the first time a clinician/medic is working on real human tissue. Having confidence that the procedures and skills they have been trained on will work in combat is invaluable.
The Soldiers echoed the importance of the training.
“The cadavers provide a level of realism that we don’t get from dummies that we usually work on,” said Frovarp.
Overall, the training left Soldiers more confident in the ability to execute when called upon.
“Making sure we are able to do our jobs, isn’t just benefiting to us, but to the Army as a whole,” said Frovarp. “As medics, we are out there trying to save people, so making sure we are able to do our jobs correctly just helps everyone out. I just believe it will give me the knowledge and the confidence to go out there and do what has to be done. If I’m ever out in the field and need to save a life; I’ll know what’s coming and what to expect.