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Lessons Learned: A Decade At War

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MSgt. Charles Halcome’s lecture on “Lessons Learned: A decade at War was very informational and well put together. The PowerPoint had very specific key points and pictures that kept the listener’s attention. The slides had very little written on them so reader would not get bored. MSgt. Halcome was able to explain the different topics in depth without looking at the slides so it showed he really knew what he was talking about. He was able to keep the lecture interesting by sharing personal war stories that related to the Emergency Medical Service. He was able to bring humor into his discussions that made the duration of the lecture enjoyable. MSgt Halcome exhibited components of professionalism. He was dressed in his uniform and did not show any inappropriate signs of body language to make him seem like he was bored with his topic. He spoke in a professional manner and did not use any words what would leave the audience confused. The only thing that would have made the lecture better is if he would have spoken up louder. His voice was dull and at times I found it hard to understand what he was saying due to his voice being so soft. Overall, it was a great lecture and I was able to compare his key points with topics we learned in class.
The main key points in his lecture revolved around the different techniques in the war a soldier would use when providing patient care as well as the critical, abstract thinking they incorporate every day. One main point was the “Tactical Field Care Phase”. This phase consist of figuring out what the medic specifically does in the field, what they can provide and the general use of products they carry in their medical bags. MSgt. Halcome went into detail about how they decided what to carry in their medical bags based upon weight of certain products that can potentially delay patient care and using the most important products that help fulfill major skills such as maintaining the ABCs in a patient. An example he used was the weight of a 500cc fluid bag of normal saline verses a 1000cc fluid bag of normal saline. Sometimes soldiers have to travel long distances on foot to reach the injured patient. Depending on the weight is in their medical bag can make solider reach the patient in a reasonable time or can delay the solider drastically. MSgt. Halcome also discussed how the use of a tourniquet is extremely important when it comes to uncontrolled hemorrhaging in the war. He stated it takes about 3 minutes for a person to bleed out. The military has developed the C.A.T. Tourniquet, also known as the Combat Application Tourniquet, which “utilizes a durable windlass system with a free-moving internal band providing true circumferential pressure to the extremity.” (Rescue, 2010) The C.A.T. Tourniquet is a light weight tourniquet that can be used with one hand and has been proven to be 100% effective by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research.
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