Health & Safety

October 5, 2012

Desert Wind 13-01 tests incident response capabilities, modernized medical training

Tags:
Laura Mowry
Staff writer

First responders demonstrate their emergency response capabilities during the Desert Wind 13-01 exercise, which tested Edwards’ response to a major aircraft incident Oct. 1. Medical personnel trained for the first time using a METIman mannequin, adding a new dimension of realism to the exercise, better preparing them for real-world scenerios.

Team Edwards kicked off the new fiscal year Oct. 1 with exercise Desert Wind 13-01, testing the base’s response capabilities to a major aircraft incident. Personnel were assessed by the Exercise Evaluation Team throughout three strategic objective phases in response to an F-16 Fighting Falcon that crashed during a routine training mission.

Personnel worked throughout the day and were evaluated on the initial notification process, which includes notifying the proper agencies, and ensuring that the information passed to first responders is correct and arrives in a timely manner. Medical response to the injured pilot was also assessed, along with the death notification process of an active duty service member.

“The exercise was a success. We learned some things that we need to tighten up and introduced props for the first time to increase the realism. I’m very pleased with the results,” said Frank Sporer, 412th Plans and Programs installation EET chief.

First responders prepare to transport the METIman mannequin during exercise Desert Wind 13-01 after demonstrating their emergency response capability to the Exercise Evaluation Team Oct. 1.

While the Edwards community is no stranger to participating in exercises such as Desert Wind 13-01, for the first time medical personnel had a valuable resource to enhance the training experience. Rather than simulating medical procedures on volunteers, the 412th Medical Group had the opportunity to practice the real thing on a new, highly advanced piece of equipment.

“The METIman mannequin is a highly technical, highly advanced mannequin that assists in training. It added to the training scenario by allowing us to go beyond our normal capabilities using volunteers as patients,” said Ryan Billings, 412th MDG Emergency Medical Technician program manager. “We can’t start an IV on patients, we can’t see significant injuries, and we can’t cut their legs open to facilitate bleeding. This allows us to do that.”

The mannequin is operated through a simulator, which is controlled wirelessly from a nearby laptop. It gives the operator complete control over the patient’s environment. The technology provides virtually a limitless variety of scenarios for medical personnel to train with.

“The only way you can get that kind of experience is through actual real-world events. And we don’t want those happening,” said Billings.

The 412th MDG ordered the mannequin direct from the company METIman and decided on the model that focuses on the pre-hospital setting – an ideal choice for practicing emergency response capabilities to a major aircraft incident, as well as other exercise scenarios the Edwards community faces, such as disaster response.

“The mannequin really suits our needs; it’s designed for the pre-hospitable setting. It focuses a lot of its enhancements and computer programs for that environment.

The types of injuries we would see normally. We could take it, put it in a car and simulate injuries resulting from a car accident. For this exercise, we used him as an aircraft pilot who ejected during a crash,” said Billings.

“The paramedics had to go out there and actually treat and practice to the best of their abilities on this mannequin. He had a closed head injury; an open femur fracture; he had a punctured chest and having this resource allowed our medics to practice those advanced life support skills,” he continued.

In addition to allowing personnel from the 412th MDG to realistically practice lifesaving medical procedures, the $50,000 mannequin breathes, talks, bleeds and can be easily configured to meet the various training needs.

“What happened in the past is volunteers would show up and we would have these staged, real life patients with makeup on them. We would attach a card to them that said what their symptoms were. But most of the time the responders saw that and the realism factor went out the window,” said Randall Wells, 412th MDG EET chief.

“They wouldn’t break out the equipment half the time because they knew this wasn’t real.”

Bringing in the METIman mannequin for Desert Wind 13-01 forced responders to not only ask questions, but gave them valuable experience as they had to treat the patient in real time, while being evaluated by the EET.

More realistic training for medical personnel keeps the Edwards community safer and improves the base’s readiness for real-world scenarios.

“From the perspective of the Exercise Evaluation Team, the sky is the limit. There are all kinds of things we’re going to do with this guy,” said Wells.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs November 21, 2014

Chapel service There will be an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service and dessert service 6 p.m., Nov. 24 at Chapel 1. Everyone is invited to bring your favorite dessert to share. For more information, call 661-277-2110. Commissary closure The Edwards Commissary will be closed Thanksgiving Day and then resume regular hours Nov. 28. Exchange closure The Edwards...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Brad White

Winter fire safety tips

Air Force photograph by Brad White The aftermath of a resident fire in the Edwards AFB housing area last month. Recently, Edwards AFB encountered a fire in the housing area that could have been devastating to all involved. The ...
 
 

Holiday Hours

Special holiday hours will be in force for 412th Force Support Squadron facilities. The hours are: Thanksgiving Day – Nov. 27 All 412th FSS facilities will be CLOSED except the following: * Aero Club: Flying sunrise to sunset, office closed * Joshua Tree Dining Facility: Brunch 6 a.m.-1 p.m., Dinner 4:30-7 p.m., and Midnight Meal...
 

 
Photograph courtesy of Vincent Doss

DHS football, girls volleyball end seasons

Photograph courtesy of Vincent Doss Athletes of the Desert High School Girls Volleyball team pose for a group photo following their win at Mammoth High School last month. The Scorpions lost a close game 3-2 against Duarte High ...
 
 

Airmen Powered by Innovation program launches new site

WASHINGTON – Fellow Airmen, Your enthusiasm and ingenuity continues to be our Air Forceís number one weapon system! In April of this year we launched the Airmen Powered by Innovation program aimed at turning your ideas into real cost savings for our Air Force. Since coming online API has received and reviewed more than 2,400...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Airman receives ‘surreal’ phone call from Paramount Pictures

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Capt. Eric Koenig, 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron dentist, accepted an offer from Paramount Pictures to purchase one of his screenplays, “Matriarch,” on Veterans Day. For som...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>