Sunday, May 27, 2007

Army implements combat lifesaver training as part of basic training

Above: An infantryman learns to give an intravenous injection during combat life saver training at FOB Kalsu last year.

RICHMOND, Va. — The Army is increasing the medical training it gives to soldiers in the hope that those in combat can begin administering critical medical care to their wounded comrades on the battlefield, in some cases saving lives.

The service’s five basic training bases will begin offering combat lifesaver training, including instructions on starting an IV or helping soldiers breathe through a tube, by June 15. The bases train up to 180,000 soldiers annually, including National Guard and Reserve components.

Officials said medical care given immediately after injuries like gunshot wounds and those caused by improvised explosive devices could mean the difference between life and death, and simple lifesaving techniques could cut down on long-term injuries and deaths.

“The most critical 10 minutes in a soldier’s care in combat is the first 10 minutes,” said Col. Kevin A. Shwedo, director of operations, plans and training for the Army Accessions Command, which oversees training

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