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Since 1991, the William Lehman Injury Research Center at the Ryder Trauma Center has developed a living laboratory to study and improve the delivery of trauma care by civilian and military clinicians. Our mission is to characterize challenges to the delivery of trauma care in the military and civilian environments. One of these challenges is the education and re-education of both civilian and military trauma practitioners. Our team has defined and developed a mobile trauma and critical care curriculum for trauma and critical care trainee clinicians. The curriculum has been defined and development has consisted of both knowledge content modules and procedural animations. This work continues with the current effort to modernize the Tactical Combat Casualty Care program for the US military.

US Army Forward Surgical Team Training

The William Lehman Injury Research Center is the home to the Army Trauma Training Department where all Forward Surgical Teams (FSTs) come for training before being deployed.  This training is unique because the complete care team, not just the physicians, come in for the training.  These teams are paired up with UM clinical personnel and provide care to patients as they are admitted to the Ryder Trauma Center.  The injuries that are treated here are very similar to the ones the FSTs would treat when deployed, so the training is very productive. Participants are exposed to didactic lectures, clinical skills labs, just-in-time-learning videos, human patient simulation, pre-hospital procedures and protocols, mock traumas, mass casualty exercises, and valuable clinical experiences with trauma victims. The trauma training program offers several advanced trauma courses including Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM), Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET), Combat Extremity Surgery Course, Simulation Team Training, Mass Casualty Triage Course, Disaster Response Course, and Rapid Response Team Training. The program emphasizes the teamwork and the multidisciplinary collaboration necessary to deliver high quality trauma medical care.

Defense Health Agency: Deployed Medicine

The WLIRC is creating a Combat Casualty Care learning curriculum and training platform called Deployed Medicine in conjunction with the Defense Health Agency that will be used to train all military personnel across all military Services.  The objective of this platform is aimed at improving readiness and performance of deployed military medical personnel.  The intent is to deliver personalized, dynamic learning using the most current and accessible technology, enabling a self-directed and continuous study of medical best practices and lessons learned.  This curriculum includes learning objectives, how-to videos, skill instructions and training assets.  Deployed Medicine is a digital platform available on the web and as a mobile application with more than 100,000 downloads to date. The majority of the downloads are by members of the military here and the United States’ allied countries.  Research is also being done on this project that includes studying proper tourniquet placement and the effectiveness of simulation-based training on improving and sustaining skills.

Below is sample content from the Deployed Medicine platform: