Fort Detrick, Md. (July 8, 2022) – According to Rajaa El’Alami, a bio-medical engineer and product manager, "When you work at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity’s Medical Modernization it’s important to know what drives your work and by taking the TCCC [Tactical Combat Casualty Care] training – I don’t see just the importance of modernizing medical devices but also the urgency of having the right medical device in hand and when it’s needed.”
On Friday July 8, the patient lay in a notional battle zone with a gunshot wound in his thigh. They had only three minutes to stop the bleeding and save his life. After three minutes the patient would die.
The USAMMDA’s Warfighter Deployed Medical Systems (WDMS) Project Management Office procures commercial medical items that may be rapidly configured and deployed with warfighters. This training helped them become acquainted with life-saving tourniquets and training devices. The kind they may purchase and deploy to warfighters.
“I invited my contract support to be initiated in the TCCC and understand a little bit more on what every Soldier goes through as far as medical training before they deploy,” said Austin Langdon, the deputy of Medical Modernization. “It creates a paradigm shift [when you experience it yourself]. They get to wear the body armor, understand what the medics can do at the point of injury, and learn how our Tactical Combat Casualty Care operates in a tactical environment.”
He said, “I really hope they walk away with a familiarization of the tourniquets and how to apply them.”
During the training host, Joseph Ogershok, the G-3 lead trainer at the Medical Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick, Maryland, demonstrates how to apply a hasty-tourniquet, high-and-tight.
A high-and-tight tourniquet is called a hasty-tourniquet because it’s a quick response to stop a massive hemorrhage.
“This training expanded on techniques learned as a result of the STOP THE BLEED® program by expanding on the MARCH algorithm – massive hemorrhage, airway, resuscitation, circulation and hypothermia,” he said. “That’s imperative if you are going to keep someone alive.”
One of the key tools trainers used to simulate applying a tourniquet in a real-world scenario was a mannequin.
The mannequin was life-like, it was breathing and it bled.
“With everything happening around the world, it’s critical to have these lifesaving tactics at hand and when needed,” said El’Alami.
At USAMMDA project management offices lead Army medical product development and manage and oversee modernization efforts to support warfighters.
“It’s important to know the Warfighter may suffer these kinds of injuries, and will be interfacing with our equipment. We are modernizing and procuring everything from these tourniquets and medic kits to the X-Ray machines that will be diagnosing them later,” said Yegor Podgorsky, project manager. “It’s a good refresher and reminder. It affects how you think about what you are doing and gives valuable context.”