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Misawa Medics Demonstrate Full Spectrum Trauma Care

Military members work on an acting victim in front of an audience of military members.

U.S. Air Force Airmen with the 35th Medical Group (MDG) prepare a simulated victim as part of a full spectrum trauma care exercise during a visit by Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, 5th Air Force commander, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 20, 2021. The 35th MDG demonstrated how their personnel rescue a victim for future rehabilitation from various scenarios associated with Misawa Air Base’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

Military doctors tear off an acting victims prop uniform in an urgent care clinic.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert Blue, 35th Surgical Operations Squadron trauma surgeon, and Maj. Troy Dillon, 35th Medical Operations Squadron urgent care clinic physician, care for a simulated improvised explosive device (IED) victim during a full spectrum trauma care exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 20, 2021. In the scenario, the simulated IED victim was quickly treated and brought to the urgent care clinic where an advanced trauma life support assessment was performed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

Medical care professionals turn a victim on his side to put X-ray panels under him.

U.S. Air Force Airmen with the 35th Medical Group turn a simulated improvised explosive device victim over for an X-ray during a full spectrum trauma care exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 20, 2021. After getting the patient stable, the medical professionals plan to perform a CT scan to find any other injuries the patient might have received. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

A nurse wheels a person past military members in a hospital.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jennifer Fielding, 35th Surgical Services Flight nurse anesthetist, transports a simulated improvised explosive device victim to the surgery room as part of a full spectrum trauma care exercise during a visit by Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, 5th Air Force commander, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 20, 2021. One goal of this training was to be able to transport a severely injured trauma victim to the operating room within one hour of the injury, which is known as the “golden hour” of trauma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

A man in uniform shows another man in an uniform a drill.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joshua Young, 35th Surgical Service Flight orthopedic surgeon, demonstrates the use of a handheld drill to Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, 5th Air Force commander, during his visit at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 20, 2021. The handheld drill is used in the operating room for placing an external fixation device on a patient’s leg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

The 35th Medical Group (MDG) demonstrated their full spectrum trauma care procedures to U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, 5th Air Force commander, during his visit to Misawa Air Base, May 20, 2021.

The full spectrum trauma care mission is to recognize and treat victims as quickly and efficiently as possible; this was demonstrated on an Airman with improvised explosive device injuries.

The demonstration focused on the victim’s treatment from the point of injury on the field, to their care at the hospital. This highlighted the real-world resources and collaboration needed to properly care for patients’ injuries.

“Being so isolated, it’s important for us to be able to administer trauma care capabilities,” said Master Sgt. Gerald Casilla, TRICARE Operations and Patient Administration flight chief. “Stabilizing a patient before transferring them to a larger medical facility gives them a better chance of recovery.”

Full spectrum trauma care training allows 35th MDG Airmen to respond quickly, managing patients both on base and in deployed environments.