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Pacific Partnership: Basic First Responder Course in Danang, Vietnam Culminates with Mass Casualty Drill

By Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Charles Mahan The Basic First Responder Course started with basic first aid training for Vietnamese personnel that would most likely be the first group of people on the scene of any type of casualty, with this course mostly being curtailed to teach about multiple casualties. The training consisted of rapid patient assessment to find injuries, …

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Vietnam Coastal Medicine Initiative a Fitting way to end Pacific Partnership 2015

Cmdr. Gregg Montalto, director of medical operations, USNS Mercy The Vietnam Coastal Medicine Initiative (CMI), which culminated with the CMI drill, was a very fitting way to end Pacific Partnership 2015 and to look toward 2016. As Director of Medical Operations, I find it essential throughout the planning and execution of any mission to always refer back to the mission …

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Pacific Partnership: Resounding Success of Coastal Medicine Initiative in Da Nang, Vietnam

By Cmdr. Ken Walters, Royal Australian Navy, medical planner aboard USNS Mercy When the Coastal Medicine Initiative was conceptualized as a result of discussions with Da Nang People’s Committee during the pre-deployment site survey, a number of strategic and operational planners considered that the initiative was not conducive to meeting the objectives and ideals that a Pacific Partnership mission embraces …

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Pacific Partnership 2015: A personal look at conducting the Coastal Medicine Initiative in Da Nang, Vietnam

By Cmdr. Lisa Kelty, Mass Casualty Director for Pacific Partnership 2015 aboard USNS Mercy From May-September 2015, I was deployed as an emergency medicine physician on board the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in support of Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15). PP15 was a remarkable collaboration of multiple military and non-military organizations such among the U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy, University …

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Fair Winds and Following SMEE’s

By Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (EXW) Lazara Y. Medina, Preventive Medicine Technician (PMT), assigned to the Department of Public Health for Continuing Promise 2015 Editors Note: Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Medina is responsible for force health protection and public health education. One of the questions I am asked frequently is “What exactly is it that you do”? The best answer I have learned …

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