The Evolution of Battlefield Medical Care

AUGUST 16, 2022 – Four medical professionals volunteered to continue the experimental evaluation of Extended Care Augmentation Detachment, a concept being evaluated by Army Futures Command while participating in Global Medic 22-02 , Aug. 15, 2022, Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin. The PCAD assessment was led by Lt. Col. Mark Marquart, AFC, Futures and Concept Center, Medical Capabilities Development Integration Division, San Antonio, Texas.

Intended to operate during future large-scale combat operations that may overwhelm advanced medical capabilities, the PCAD is a means of providing extended care when evacuation is not readily available.

“Our tyranny of distance in some areas will create a need to provide extended care further out on the battlefield,” Marquart said.

The objective of the PCAD is to treat patients as early as possible. Currently, the minimum team consists of four people: a medical assistant, an intensive care nurse, a licensed practical nurse and a combat medical specialist.

“We need to treat patients safely until we can evacuate them,” Marquart said. “The unit that supports the fighters knows that the patients are treated safely and can continue to fight.”

Concept evaluation using the short support segment allows volunteers to provide feedback in a real-life, scenario-based situation. Feedback will be used to help develop and adjust doctrine.

Cpl. Hunter Collins, a combat medical specialist with 7243 Medical Support Unit, Las Vegas, Nevada, said: “A lot of the time you get advice and you wonder who wrote it and now we can say that we contributed.”

The evaluation focuses on the requirements that will ensure the CADP will succeed in the next generation of conflict and improve the force’s ability to compete globally, deter adversaries, and win on all battlefields in a era of strategic competition.

“It’s not specific to the military,” Marquart said, “whether it’s the right skill set, the right training, the right equipment, we’ll share the assessment, so they don’t have to recreate it.”

The Army created Army Futures Command to drive Army modernization by leading a learning campaign to understand how technology will change the way Army forces organize and fight to deliver speed, reach , convergence and decision dominance in the future operating environment.

“We will continue to evaluate because we are not rushing to failure. We’re going to take every opportunity to make sure the end product that goes to the field is the right product,” Marquart said.

Story by 1st Sgt. Tracy Korff
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