Navy Training at L.A. Hospital

(FOXNEWS)   It’s been a well kept secret but for the past seven years, the Navy has been training it’s doctors, nurses and corpsman (the equivalent of paramedics) at Los Angeles County USC hospital.

The hospital is located in Downtown Los Angeles, and sees gun shot wounds, stabbings and other traumatic injuries on a daily basis in the emergency room… the kinds of trauma and duress our troops could face on the battlefield.    That’s why the navy chose USC as a perfect location to put its medical team through a specialized combat training course, so they could be ready for  life in the war zone.

Fox News is the first TV news organization allowed to document the training which includes battlefield simulations, examinations of cadavers, rounds with doctors, exposure to the burn unit and real time in the emergency room, where physicians are saving lives minute to minute.   Navy Anesthetist Paul Scott said treating a stabbing victim in the ER is exactly the kind of injury he might treat in Iraq and Afghanistan.   Other Navy participants told us they can’t get this kind of experience anywhere else outside a war zone and were grateful that the Navy made this kind of combat program a priority.

One essential stop is the burn unit where the medics learned the specialized process necessary to treat burns, one of the most common injuries in combat.  Doctors tell us the sight of a burn takes some getting used to, but the doctors on the ground have to look past it if they are going to treat other injuries troops might have.

Fortunately USC has one of the  best burn units in the country and the members of the military get hands on, real life experience caring for patients.  Dr. Warren Garner, Director of the Burn Unit says he’s received texts and emails from troops in the field overseas thanking him and the hospital for preparing them well.

In return for the use of the  USC facilities, the County Hospital gets a helping hand in the ER from the Navy medics, which is a big help to the trauma staff when things get going in there.  After graduating from the three week program, the sailors know they could be deployed anytime over the next year.  Most will head to Afghanistan or the middle east, and most tell us they will leave on their journey with a new sense of confidence for whatever their mission might hold on the battlefield.

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