It has been our experience that high quality prolonged field care training takes time, resources and expertise by dedicated trainers well versed and experienced in critical care concepts. That being said we also believe that there are fundamental principles which can help
a medic or less experienced Role 1 provider who has already mastered tactical combat casualty care. Through this project we will attempt to use your experience, and opinion in creating a standardized training curriculum which can then be adapted to specific operational needs. This will be done through another Google Doc, open for editing by anyone willing to take a look and add some insight by adding learning objectives, tips, or even comments under certain subjects. Dont worry about screwing it up or accidentally deleting anything. That is the beauty of Google Docs, I can recover any version at any time. If you disagree with something being in the curriculum, you can leave a comment and make your case. If you believe the format is flawed or should be overhauled, write it in and articulate your grievance. I have sat around many team rooms and fires where medics have much to say about certain topics. Strong opinion without action changes nothing. Taking a little time to document issues and solutions by improving, creating or eliminating systems and programs will have a far greater lasting effect which a strong opinion or force of personality rarely will.
This is another project I started working on long ago but have never had the bandwidth to create more than a skeleton outline. I need your help with the important parts of filling in the meat, revising and editing. I have been involved in training medics all over the world but every time I come back I do so with a new appreciation for the unique circumstances in which a medic or corpsman will be providing medical care. I also come away from each experience having learned as much or more than I feel I was able to impart onto the students but also the passionate trainers who spend countless hours creating and revising lesson plans, presentations and exercises. I hope to collect some of those valuable lessons in one place for all to see. If we all add a few of these unique ideas and experiences to this document it could be quite an amazing project which will inform training conversations around the world, at all levels.
Each year at the Special Operations Medical and Scientific Assembly we hold a lab and it has always been focused on training. This year will be no different. As we create our program for the training lab we are looking to the experts and the experienced to get involved and share lessons learned and best practices. Perhaps we can have an initial draft ready by May to share.