Though the Iraq War is over and the Afghanistan War is coming to a close, U.S. armed forces remain in harm’s way every day. Injuries are inevitable, so medical military personnel have to be ready to react under pressure.
Starting Monday, Feb. 24, four U.S. Army Special Forces medical service members will sharpen their skills just prior to their next deployment, participating in a monthlong advanced trauma training course at Rush University Medical Center.
Participants will train in Rush’s emergency department and surgical intensive care unit, and see and treat trauma cases — including lung injuries, extremity trauma, head trauma, penetrating chest injuries and smoke inhalation — at both Rush and the burn unit and trauma bay at nearby John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital. They will also ride along in ambulances as part of their training, which is led by Dr. Louis Hondros, course director and emergency medicine specialist at Rush.
This will be the first time U.S. Army Special Forces medical personnel will conduct training in the Chicago area. Rush, which runs similar courses for all military services, was selected through a competitive process to ensure a setting that will allow the soldiers to best absorb training.
Read more about the advanced trauma training program at Rush.