Joint Efforts to Promote Multiple Stages of MEDEVAC Training


Magnus Morin,Mona J. Crissey,Johan Jenvald,Mirko Thorstensson


Airborne medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) is vital for maintaining a reliable lifeline for military personnel in tactical operations. Medical evacuation must be reliable and efficient independent of the threat level of the operation. Not only must the medical personnel be proficient in trauma surgery, but they also must be able to work in the confined environment of a helicopter and to co-operate with other members of the crew. Finally, the MEDEVAC team has to work together with other units and communicate through the same command and control system. Several methods and tools have been presented for supporting the training of medical personnel involved in military and civilian rescue operations. Typically, these state-of-the-art training aids address a specific training issue concerning a particular function in an operational scenario. In this paper we present how methods and tools based on modelling and simulation can support multiple stages of MEDEVAC training. We describe the various stages ranging from individual skill training to full-scale applied tactical training of MEDEVAC units. Finally, we discuss present and future training needs and opportunities relevant for the MEDEVAC community.