U. S. military medical unit integrates new technologies in hurricane response exercise
U. S. Army 1st Lt. Melanie Sanders (left), MEDEL registered nurse, and Sgt. Manuel Olivarez, MEDEL emergency medical technician, simulate inserting a chest tube in a hurricane victim during an exercise. In preparation for the 2014 hurricane season, the Joint Task Force-Bravo Medical Element (MEDEL) conducted a humanitarian assistance/disaster response (HA/DR) exercise at Soto Cano Air Base June 12, 2014. The MEDEL's mission was to establish a forward medical treatment operation capable of providing triage, primary care, surgical capabilities, patient holding and evacuation. As part of this exercise, a suite of mobile technology applications that run on smartphones and tablets were used to enhance the capabilities of the unit: Global MedAid, Medical Application of Speech Translation (MAST) and GeoSHAPE. (Photo by U. S. Air National Guard Capt. Steven Stubbs)

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