Health & Safety

Pre-op standards

Posted February 11, 2016 by Photos by Airman Pedro Mota

Vazquez wears sterile gloves while keeping her hands above waist level. Anything below the waistline is considered unsterile in the field of surgery. Rosdon Rada, 56th Medical Operations Squadron general surgery technician, and Senior Airman Baronica Vazquez, 56th MDOS medical technician, place a sterile sheath on a hyfrecator Jan. 15 at Luke Air Force Base….

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AF implements DOD-wide maternity leave changes

Posted February 11, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

WASHINGTON — Beginning Feb. 5, active-duty female Airmen will receive up to 12 continuous, nontransferable weeks of fully paid maternity leave in accordance with Defense Department-wide changes to the policy outlined in Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s Force of the Future announcement Jan. 28. This new policy applies to all Airmen in the active-duty component, and…

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Bio-med folks get props

Posted January 21, 2016 by by Senior Airman KIANI STEPHENS

Jan. 25 through 29 is Biomedical Sciences Corps Appreciation Week. This week we recognize the achievements of the men and women who support our members with their medical service. BSC was formed more than 50 years ago on March 15, 1965. It was originally comprised of mostly scientists, dieticians and occupational therapists; however, over the…

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Carefully counting capsules …

Posted January 14, 2016 by Photo by Senior Airman Grace Lee

Senior Airman Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Cole Broomfield, 56th Medical Support Squadron main clinic pharmacy technician, counts capsules using a spatula and tray to refill a prescription at Luke Air Force Base. Luke pharmacy technicians dispense medications, consult patients and refill approximately 700 prescriptions daily.

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Around Luke – Lethal business …

Posted January 14, 2016 by Photo by Airman Pedro Mota

Airman Pedro Mota Airman 1st Class Shawn Thielmann, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment and mobility journeyman, tests a gas mask for leaks Jan. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. Testing the gas mask ensures Airmen and civilians are protected from leaks, holes and tears during chemical and biological warfare.

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‘No-shows’ affect mission, everyone

Posted January 14, 2016 by by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

The 56th Medical Group provides medical care to more than 90,000 members (active-duty, retirees and their families) in the immediate area. Some people miss scheduled appointments and don’t think it affects anyone, but it takes a huge chunk of resources from MDG. Patients who fail to show up for their medical appointments cost real time…

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Med tech satisfies ‘need for speed’

Posted January 14, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

She runs the 1.5-mile run in 9:15, and she’s placed first in all the 5-kilometer runs she’s attended. Like a machine, she zones out and focuses on the task at hand — running. “I’ve been running for 15 years,” said Senior Airman Melissa Franks, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight medicine medical technician. “I started running…

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Handler celebrates with MWDs …

Posted January 14, 2016 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Senior Airman Devante Williams Staff Sgt. Jessica Keller, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, runs an exercise with Rango and Chrach, 56th SFS MWDs, Dec. 28, 2015, at Luke Air Force Base. Keller was promoted through the stripes for exceptional performers program and celebrated by doing one of her favorite things — training…

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Red, green can bring on ‘blue’ feelings

Posted December 17, 2015 by Courtesy of 56th Medical Group

The holiday season is here, and often, there is no better time to spend with relatives and carry on family traditions than this time of year. In the United States, Thanksgiving and Christmas are known to be the two most celebrated and happiest days of the year due the social festivities, gift exchanges and gatherings…

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ALS students are ‘dogged’ by 56th SFS

Posted December 17, 2015 by Photos by Senior Airman James Hensley

Senior Airman Eric Burrell, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrician, is bitten by Maxo, 56th SFS MWD, during a demonstration for ALS students. Senior Airman Sean McFadden, 56th SFS Military Working Dog handler, searches a suspect while under watch from Maxo, 56th SFS MWD, during a demonstration for students attending Airman Leadership School Dec. 15 at…

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