CPL. PATRICK M. FLEISCHMAN
New Navy corpsmen conduct medical treatment on simulated patients in an impromptu triage area during the Field
Medical Training Battalion’s Casualty Assessment Class in October.
instructor at the lab. “With these mannequins, we’re able
to control them, to make them bleed, breathe, blink, all
the things a normal patient would do. It’s much more like
an actual casualty that will react depending on the medical treatment they give it.”
The mannequins are made by Sarasota, Fla.-based
Medical Education Technologies Inc., and were
acquired through the Army, which also uses them to
train its medics.
The lab’s curriculum is very responsive to what is
happening in the field, Gilbert said. The instructors
constantly get feedback in order to ensure they’re
teaching what corpsmen actually need to know.
For example, corpsmen used to check the “ABCs” of
a patient first — the airway, breathing and circulation
— but now the first thing they do is try to control any
bleeding there might be and then go to the ABCs.
Gilbert said that was in response to the number of
cases of patients “bleeding out” in Iraq.
He added that as a corpsman goes through his checklist of things to look for and treat, an instructor can control the mannequin so that it will either react positively
or negatively, depending on what the corpsman is doing.
For example, with a bullet wound, Gilbert said it is
important for a corpsman to “log roll” a patient to check
for an exit wound. Instructors can add another area of
bleeding if the student fails to check, he said.
About the only thing the lab cannot simulate is the use
of blood-clotting agents, opting for tourniquets instead
when trying to control the bleeding of a “patient.”
“We used to have a very clean, sterile training
room,” said Navy Capt. Efren Saenz, commanding officer of Field Medical Training Battalion-East. “I felt that
needed to change. Our corpsmen are not running into