2/11/2010 - KEESLER AFB, Miss--The 81st Medical Group's Critical Care Air Transport Teams are providing care to victims of the Haiti earthquake who are airlifted from Haiti, to hospitals in Florida. So far, the Keesler's CCATT teams have completed eight medical missions as of Feb. 7. Emergency medicine physician Maj. (Dr.) Stephen Boskovich, 81st Medical Operations Squadron, said his team, including a critical care nurse and a respiratory therapist, has completed three missions. The second Keesler CCATT team, also comprised of an emergency medicine physician, a critical care nurse and respiratory therapist, has completed five missions. "We've seen the same kinds of patients from a few months old to adults, with traumatic injuries and medical emergencies," Major Boskovich said. "My most recent patients included a 34-year-old man with a left leg amputation stemming from crush injury that later developed tetanus, and a 13-year-old girl with sepsis and multiple intra-abdominal abscesses from a ruptured appendicitis. Major Boskovich went on to say that, missions are flying daily to and from Haiti, and that their teams fly every three days. "We've distributed earthquake patients to hospitals as far north as Atlanta, and occasional flights go to a burn center in North Carolina and even one to Walter Reed in D.C., for an active-duty soldier who had symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
by Steve Pivnick
81st Medical Group Public Affairs
Link to original article: http://www.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123190220
For Immediate Release October 19, 2010 Aeromedical Evacuation Arlington, VA – House Recognizes Aeromedical Evacuation Airmen: The US House passed a resolution recognizing USAF aeromedical evacuation personnel and aircrews who help wounded troops "make the expeditious and safe trip home to the United States." H. Res. 1605 also commends these airmen "for their commitment to the well-being of all our service men and women." Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) introduced the measure, which was adopted by members Tuesday by voice vote. The resolution states that aeromedical evacuation flights have transported more than 81,000 patients since 9/11, including almost 14,000 battle-injured soldiers. Wounded troops from Afghanistan or Iraq arrive at hospitals in the US within three days on average—seven days faster than during Operation Desert Storm, and 40 faster than during the Vietnam War. Because of these efforts, wounded personnel now have a 98 percent survival rate, the lowest mortality rate of any war in US history, it notes. ________________________________________ H. Res. 1605 --
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