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Military honors University Hospital for medic education program

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - As a precursor to deployment in Iraq, 30 Fort Drum combat medics spent 240 hours this summer observing trauma care in University Hospital's emergency room. This Friday, July 29, Fort Drum officials plan to acknowledge University Hospital for its assistance in making this training possible.

Fort Drum officials, including combat medics, will present University Hospital with a commendation for its service in assisting the combat medics with their medical training during a visit to the hospital's emergency room at 1 p.m., Friday, July 29.

The combat medic education program enables these young medics an opportunity to see real-life trauma care in a variety of cases, such as car crashes, gun and knife violence, and an assortment of injuries, including head and chest wounds.

Training for combat medics in these cases is often done using simulated mannequins. The personal observation of these cases as afforded by the University Hospital program often does not often occur until the medics are in the field.

The combat medics spent a total of 240 hours in the hospital emergency room during June and July.

The combat medics who trained at University Hospital will likely be deployed to the Middle East, including Iraq, in August.