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Army May 24, 2012
Cpl Mark Doran
AUSTRALIAN medics working with
the trauma teams at the NATO Role 3
Multinational Medical Unit (MMU) at
Kandahar Air Field have been refining
their emergency trauma skills with the
Sgt Leigh Willis, of FSU 6, and Cpl
Brad Passmore, of Rotary Wing Group,
work with the US Navy trauma teams
every four days for a 24-hour shift.
The MMU has been supported by
a multinational team of top medical
professionals from coalition nations
whose primary role is to provide the
highest medical care to personnel
injured in combat operations in southern
A survival rate of 98 per cent for
coalition casualties has been achieved
and sustained by the Role 3 facility's
Sgt Willis said their normal roles at
Kandahar Air Field included providing
level-one health support with a doctor
and a nurse at the Camp Baker RAP
for military and civilian personnel, and
environmental health support.
"The trauma teams are led by an
emergency physician and consist of two
nurses, two US Navy corpsmen and an
Australian Army medic," Sgt Willis said.
The MMU has 12 trauma bays and
a trauma team can respond at any time
to numerous casualties based on their
If multiple category A patients arrive,
another six trauma teams can be called
in before supplementary teams need to
An average of 341 trauma casualties
are admitted to the MMU each month.
Sgt Willis said it was fantastic to be
working with a US Navy trauma team,
as it was increasing his working knowl-
edge and experience.
"The highlight of this deployment is
working in a facility which provides an
amazing capability -- you wouldn't find
something similar in a civilian hospital,"
"Recently we had an unfortunate
occurrence with the loss of a US sol-
dier from a significant injury and being
involved in the repatriation and the hos-
pital honour guard was an eye opening
understanding of the way the US reacts.
"I haven't found too many chal-
lenges other than the medical facility is
much larger than the Role 2 facility in
Tarin Kot, which means there are a lot
more medical staff standing behind the
red line wanting to be involved."
The three most common battle casu-
alties seen at the medical facility are
blast injuries resulting in amputation,
head injuries resulting in brain trau-
ma and ballistic injuries from gunshot
Of the trauma admissions, 52 per
cent are caused by improvised explosive
devices and 38 per cent are from gun-
Trauma teams also attend to vari-
ous non-battle casualties that would be
expected on a base that is home to more
than 30,000 soldiers and civilians.
Cpl Passmore said it was a privilege
to be working in the MMU and a huge
"My deployment has been fantas-
tic, I love every second working in this
facility and I get to see a lot of different
battle injuries so the experience I am
getting is phenomenal," Cpl Passmore
"The most challenging part of work-
ing here is witnessing a coalition death.
You could go and dwell on the experi-
ence but I found it helps to talk to your
"The biggest day we had when I was
here was when we had several category
A [highest priority] casualties come in.
"I was very conscious of my work at
"I would recommend this work to
all Australian Army medics who are
interested and want to help, as the expe-
rience here will last forever."
On call at
Role 3 unit
Aussie medics work in major military hospital
Help at hand: Medic Sgt Lee Willis is based at the Camp Baker RAP at Kandahar Air Field and works on
rotation with US Navy trauma teams at the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit. Photos by Cpl Melina Mancuso
Medical emergency: The Role 3 facility receives and treats the most severe
trauma casualties in southern Afghanistan.
Photos by Cpl Melina Mancuso
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