By Navy Medicine Education and Training Command Public Affairs
Nearly 200 Active-duty and Reserve Sailors who will deploy in support of contingency operations around the world and specifically to the NATO Role II and III trama hospitals in Afganistan completed the second round of training at the Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute (NEMTI) in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
This training brings together first time deployers, seasoned professional/deployers and other support personal and is designed to integrate and develop them as a medical “team” prior to their upcoming deployement to world’s busiest military trauma hospital.
Course participants visited numerous skill stations during the class, receiving instruction on medical techniques including suturing, catheters, chest decompression, airway techniques, tourniquet application and reading EKG monitors, each a skill NEMTI Role 3 Kandahar Course subject matter expert and lecturer Cmdr. Mike Coffel said is imperative all students understand.
A pillar of Navy Medicine training is training as a team. Here is a few of their stories right from the trainees themselves.
– Cmdr. Michael Coffel
NEMTI Role 3 Kandahar Course guest instructor and subject matter expert Cmdr. Michael Coffel talks about the importance of U.S. Navy medical professionals attending the Role 3 Kandahar Course.
– Lt. Stephanie Wallace
Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute Role 3 Kandahar Course student Lt. Stephanie Wallace, NC, talks about training at the U.S. Navy’s premeir expeditionary medicine facility in preparation for an upcoming deployment to the world’s busiest trauma hospital.
– Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Redmond Ramos
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Redmond Ramos, assigned to the Wounded Warrior West Battalion, talks about the importance of the NEMTI-run Role 3 Kandahar Course for medical personnel deploying to contingency areas. Ramos was injured by an IED blast, losing his left leg, during operations with Marines in Afghanistan.
NEMTI, the premier U.S. Navy training facility for expeditionary medicine, reports to the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) in Pensacola, Fla., and Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
NEMTI, NMOTC and NMETC are part of the Navy Medicine team, a global healthcare network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.
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