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March 7, 2017

U.S. Navy reservists, EMS practice trauma assessment and care

By EMS1 Staff

SUMMIT, Wis. — Lake Country Fire & Rescue partnered with Aurora Medical Center in Summit to provide a day of training for sailors from the Expeditionary Medical Facility Great Lakes One detachment based in Milwaukee. This was the second year for such training, held Jan. 21 at the Lake Country Fire & Rescue training center. The training included patient assessment, movement techniques and different treatment interventions.

The purpose of the training was to enhance the abilities of local emergency responders and U.S. Navy sailors to care for critically injured patients in a controlled environment as well as in a combat area. Additionally, the sailors were able to practice using two patient simulators. SimMan offers hands-on training with customizable scenarios for emergency responders to practice assessment and emergent care techniques. 

"We are happy to help train the emergency responders and members of the U.S. Navy," Al Davies, EMS Coordinator for Aurora Medical Center in Summit, said. "Being the only Level II trauma center in Waukesha County, it helps our emergency department staff to train local EMTs who often bring patients to us by ambulance. We are also glad to offer the opportunity for local services to use SimMan, which gives hands-on emergency medical training."

"Lake Country Fire and Rescue is honored to have such a great relationship with our local Level II Trauma Center at Aurora Medical Center in Summit," Captain Nick Heltemes, of Lake Country Fire and Rescue, said. "They provide high fidelity simulated trainings, using SimMan, which provides realistic approaches to practicing medicine. The simulated scenarios are as real as it gets without actually seeing a live patient. It allows practicing medical providers the opportunity to practice their assessment and skills while in a controlled environment."

Both Aurora and LCFR are thankful to be able to work with members of the Armed Forces, and look forward to continued training opportunities in the future.