445th AMDS supports AF Academy field training
445th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published December 06, 2018
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --
Nineteen members of the 445th Aerospace Medicine Squadron spent a two-week annual tour providing real-world medical support to the 10th Medical Group’s Cadet Clinic in a remote area at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The clinic was used to support 1,500 cadets during basic cadet field training. Medical care included preventive medicine, medical evaluation, stabilization of injured cadets and transportation to the triage tent as needed. Nurses and physicians worked in the main clinic triaging, providing primary care and acute urgent care.
AMDS providers saw on average 15 to 20 cadets/patients per day for a total of approximately 160 patients during the two weeks. On a typical day, the cadet clinic would have six to eight providers available during sick call to see patients. Ten to 20 percent of cadets seen daily required “inpatient” nursing services. Nursing services was equipped to house eight patients overnight if needed. The majority of treatments included IV hydration, IV medications, breathing treatments, labs and suturing.