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Army June 6, 2013
Training to save lives
Special forces medics teach Afghan police how to treat battle casualties
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
SOTG medics have been teaching life-saving
medical skills to Afghan Provincial Response
Company – Uruzgan (PRC-U) personnel.
SOTG medic Sgt B said the four-day care of
the battle casualty course at Multinational Base
Tarin Kot taught students essential skills to save
lives on the battlefield.
“We taught them initial haemorrhage control,
how to use tourniquets on limbs in a timely man-
ner to stop bleeding and then to focus on getting
the casualty back behind cover as soon as pos-
sible,” Sgt B said.
“They were then told once the casualty was
taken to a safe environment and the threat was
neutralised, how to attend to other issues, such as
breathing problems and minor wounds.”
A PRC-U student said the most important
aspect of the training for him was stopping the
loss of blood from a casualty, including the use
of a tourniquet.
“I learnt how to stop bleeding from the neck,
arms, legs and how to deal with other serious
injuries,” the soldier said.
“It was important for me to learn these skills
because if one of my friends was injured, I could
save his life.”
He said he was grateful for the training from
the SOTG medics and contracted civilian instruc-
“I say thank you to the Australians and I
appreciate what they’ve taught me,” the soldier
“The training will not only be useful to me on
a mission, but I can use it in my neighbourhood if
my friends need help or if I need to help myself.
“I am now sure I can save a life.”
Medical skills: SOTG medic Sgt B (kneeling) demonstrates the use of tourniquets to Afghan
police during a care of the battle casualty course at Multinational Base Tarin Kot. Inset, Afghan
students practise wound dressings during the course.
Photos by WO2 Andrew Hetherington
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