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WORLD NEWS 17
Army April 14, 2011
By AB Melanie Schinkel
and Cpl Zenith King
COUGHS, colds and minor ailments are what
the Army staff at Tarin Kot's Role 2 Hospital
deal with every day, but twice a week, over
a 24-hour period, they are the first response
team for trauma patients.
MTF 2 Regimental Medical Officer Capt
Gary Heathcote said a 'nine-liner' from a call-
sign on the ground was the first indication the
team received regarding a trauma patient.
"Upon arrival, we assess and stabilise the
patient. We give them what they need straight
away whether it's fluids, blood or an opera-
tion," Capt Heathcote said.
"Quite often we can't manage patients who
have sustained head injuries, so we arrange a
flight to Kandahar Airfield's Role 3 Hospital."
The advanced medical technician for the
resuscitation team, Cpl Ellen Grieg, said her
hardest and most interesting case involved an
"The very first casualty we had as a resus-
citation team was a young kid who had his
head run over by a tractor. Parts of his face
had been lifted off and his airway was difficult
to manage because it was obstructed by teeth
and smashed bone," Cpl Grieg said.
"Thankfully, he lived. His face is scarred
but apart from that he's fine."
About 130 patients' primary health con-
cerns are treated by the Australian team every
week. An additional 10 to 20 patients are also
treated in the hospital's 14-bed ward.
Cpl Grieg said the medics did the practical
application of the clinical work while the doc-
tors oversaw and assessed the situation from
the end of the patient's bed.
"The MIST (mechanism of
injury, injuries sustained, signs and
symptoms and treatment) arrives
before the casualty, so you can pre-
pare yourself for what injuries to
expect," she said.
"There's always an exception,
but the information provided by the
MIST gives us a pretty good heads
up."Meanwhile, Army and Air Force
medics work together 24 hours
a day at Al Minhad Air Base's
(AMAB) medical facility.
The entire medical team's focus
is to provide primary health care
to both ADF members deployed
to AMAB and those just passing
Sgt Amy White, a medic with
9FSB, said her training in Australia
had prepared her well for deploy-
"The main difference between
here and a medical centre back
home is here we deal with soldiers coming
back from Afghanistan with battle injuries like
burns and shrapnel wounds," Sgt White said.
"That was something I hadn't been
exposed to before and it has been a massive
"We are always briefed about who is com-
ing in and what injuries they have, so you
get a pretty good mental picture of what to
AMAB's medical facility also coordinates
and conducts aeromedical evacuations from
in-theatre and plays a major role in returning
patients to Australia.
First-class care: Medical assistant Cpl Ellen Greig, MTF 2, (above) helps RMO Capt Joshua
Piercey (inset) conduct a medical assessment of a US soldier at the Role 2 hospital in
Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.
Photos by Cpl Zenith King
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