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Health Readiness

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight is the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) for all medically related Department of Defense policies, programs, and activities. The office is responsible for deployment medicine, force health protection, medical readiness, international health agreements, deployment related health policy, theater information systems, humanitarian and health missions, and national disaster support.

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Trauma Innovations

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3/23/2017
Hemorrhage is responsible for 91.5 percent of potentially survivable battlefield deaths. From 2001 to 2011, an estimated 24 percent of combat deaths occurred before patients reached a treatment facility; the major cause of death was blood loss. Battlefield trauma innovations like the occlusion balloon catheter and freeze-dried plasma will enhance the Joint Forces' current capabilities.

Hemorrhage is responsible for 91.5 percent of potentially survivable battlefield deaths. From 2001 to 2011, an estimated 24 percent of combat deaths occurred before patients reached a treatment facility; the major cause of death was blood loss. Battlefield trauma innovations like the occlusion balloon catheter and freeze-dried plasma will enhance the ...

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Zika in the Americas: March 22, 2017

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3/22/2017

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Air Force Nurse Key Asset to Army Medevac

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3/22/2017
U.S. Air Force Maj. Sandra Nestor, tactical critical care evacuation team nurse, is assigned to the 3rd Platoon, C Company, 2-149 General Support Aviation Battalion Medevac. Medevac teams specialize in moving and treating U.S. and coalition forces who are injured and risk dying without immediate emergency care.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Sandra Nestor, tactical critical care evacuation team nurse, is assigned to the 3rd Platoon, C Company, 2-149 General Support Aviation Battalion Medevac. Medevac teams specialize in moving and treating U.S. and coalition forces who are injured and risk dying without immediate emergency care.

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H7N9: March 16, 2017

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3/16/2017

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Expeditionary aeromedical squadron creates mobile ICU

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3/15/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Errington Neysmith (left), Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron duty controller, and Senior Airman Joshua O'Sullivan (right), Critical Care Air Transport Team respiratory therapist, carry respirator equipment when picking up a patient from the Kandahar Regional Military Hospital, Kandahar Airfield. The patient was an Afghan National Army soldier who suffered injuries during a battle. The CCATT brought him to the Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan to receive treatment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)

Members of the Aeromedical Evacuation squadron, along with their Critical Care Air Transport Teams, are on constant alert to quickly evacuate injured or ill patients

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Global Influenza Summary: March 12, 2017

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3/12/2017

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Zika in the Americas: March 8, 2017

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3/8/2017

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Upcoming exercises in Latin America help Air Force achieve total dental readiness

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3/7/2017
Eduardo Sanchez, a Dominican student, gets his teeth repaired at the Rio San Juan clinic, Dominican Republic.  Sanchez is one of more than 400 patients that received dental care during a Dental Readiness Training Exercise, an exercise where U.S. military dentists and dental technicians partnered with dental professionals from the Dominican Republic, and practiced their craft in an expeditionary environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chenzira Mallory)

Air Force dentists, hygienists and dental technicians are gearing up for three Dental Readiness Training Exercises in Latin America

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Ophthalmology Medical Readiness Training Exercise

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3/7/2017
The Ophthalmology Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) team is comprised of 26 U.S. military personnel and several host nation physicians who have partnered together to train medical teams in preparation for deployment. During the MEDRETE, the teams are able to improve the eyesight of more than 250 Panamanian patients during the two-week training exercise. The goal is to provide medical care that benefits the people of Panama, while building relationships with the accompanying Panamanian medical professionals.

The Ophthalmology Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) team is comprised of 26 U.S. military personnel and several host nation physicians who have partnered together to train medical teams in preparation for deployment. During the MEDRETE, the teams are able to improve the eyesight of more than 250 Panamanian patients during the two-week ...

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Global Influenza Summary: March 5, 2017

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3/5/2017

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Aeromedical evacuation Airmen receive new trainer

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3/3/2017
Contractors worked with the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron to help move a C-130 fuselage trainer, or FuT, which is a platform where aeromedical evacuation crews can perform 100 percent of readiness skills. It is an innovative, cost effective, improved training platform for total force AE and ground support personnel in terms of aircraft configuration familiarization and realistic, high-fidelity task training and mission simulation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tristin English)

Enroute care is dynamic and requires constant innovation to ensure aeromedical evacuation crews and ground support personnel are highly proficient

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H7N9: March 1, 2017

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Corpsmen keep more than knowledge alive

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2/28/2017
A corpsman checks for open wounds during a Tactical Combat Casualty Care training exercise. The TCCC is designed to give corpsmen the basic skills to work under pressure in a combat setting, ensure productive communication and save their patients’ lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ashley Lawson)

Corpsmen with participated in a Tactical Combat Casualty Care training exercise

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Global Influenza Summary: February 26, 2017

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2/26/2017

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Zika in the Americas: February 22, 2017

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