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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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Maintenance key to medical device precision, accuracy

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1/4/2018
A technician assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency's Medical Maintenance Operations Division-Tracy works on a piece of equipment in the depot's special purpose test, measurement and diagnostics equipment lab. (U.S. Army photo by Ellen Crown)

It's not about the item we touch, it's about the patient that uses it

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Elective surgeries hone surgical skills, prepare medical team for combat

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12/7/2017
Inside Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s second floor surgery suite, surgeons and medical teams are busy honing their critical-care skills. Regardless of procedure or patient, every incision is an exercise in mission readiness. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

Regardless of procedure or patient, every incision is an exercise in mission readiness

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Military Hospitals and Clinics | Health Readiness

App helps Guard Soldiers prepare for physical fitness test

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10/4/2017
New app available through Guard Your Health will help Soldiers prepare for their physical fitness assessments. (U.S. Army photo)

Guard Your Health recently launched Guard Fit

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Physical Activity | Technology | Health Readiness

First cold storage platelet unit collected in Southwest Asia

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9/15/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Flannigan, NCO in charge of the apheresis element with the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group, monitors the Trima Accel Automated Blood Collection System machine used to obtain blood platelets from donors at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Apheresis element Airmen are tasked with collecting and storing platelet products and providing them for distribution throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti)

It is likely that cold storage platelets, a method developed by the military, will eventually be the standard practice around the world for handling and shipping platelets

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Armed Services Blood Program | Health Readiness | Innovation

Freeze-dried plasma saves life

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9/13/2017
Navy corpsmen apply first aid to a training manikin during a training exercise. Since December 2016, every MARSOC special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman deploys with a supply of freeze-dried plasma and the experience to administer it. By October 2017, every MARSOC unit deployed will be outfitted with FDP. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Young)

Freeze-dried plasma is a dehydrated version of plasma that replaces the clotting factors lost in blood

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Health Readiness | Armed Services Blood Program

The importance of sleep - you lose if you don't snooze

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9/6/2017
It's no secret that military service often results in periods of decreased sleep. Service members need to use what opportunity they have to get good sleep. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mark Burrell)

Sleep is an important element of health and well-being just like nutrition and physical fitness

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Health Readiness | Operation Live Well

From the classroom to the fight: Preparing for surgical care on the battlefield

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8/30/2017
Bringing expeditionary resuscitation and surgical teams directly to the battlefield reduces time and distance, increasing chances for survival. Made up of experienced surgeons, physicians, and nurses with specialties ranging from general surgery to emergency room care, the teams are equipped to provide crucial surgery procedures out in the field. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier)

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Health Readiness | Medical Research and Development

Training, technological synergy likely the key to future battlefield care scenarios

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8/30/2017
Soldiers from the 15th Brigade Support Battalion out of Fort Hood, Texas, provide treatment to the "wounded" during a mass casualty exercise, March 2, 2015. The training, taking place on Fort Irwin, California, is part of a National Training Center rotation scenario testing their ability to perform under a simulated combat environment. (Photo Credit: G. A. Volb)

Universal interoperability among technological devices and the development of an on-demand, on-call marketplace for continuous communication regardless of location key for prolonged care on the battlefield

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Health Readiness | Technology

Pacific Angel exercise in Fiji focuses on exchanges of expertise

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7/19/2017
Sergeant Natoga Anitelu, left, a medical services technician with Fiji's military forces, discusses the best ways to clear an infant's airway with U.S. Air Force Capt. (Dr.) Paola Rosa, center, and U.S. Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Scott Stewart, right, during a subject-matter-expert exchange as part of exercise Pacific Angel 17-3 at a health care center in Ba, Fiji. (Air Force photo by Capt. Samantha Morrison)

Pacific Angel has multilateral international participants from across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region working together to assist local communities and improve capabilities among one another as one team

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Civil Military Medicine | Health Readiness

Joint medical team provides medical care to remote communities

Article
6/19/2017
Army Maj. Jesus Morales, dentist, 49th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jessica Hawk, dental assistant, 172d Airlift Wing, Jackson Mississippi, extract a decayed tooth from Raymond Kline. Kline participated in the no-cost medical services offered during the Ozark Highlands Innovated Readiness Training, Mountain Home, Arkansas, recently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Peter Dean)

The Innovative Readiness Training program is a unique way to provide real-world training to medical personnel while helping our fellow Americans by providing them no-cost medical care

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Access to Health Care | Health Readiness

Guard medics conduct medical evacuation training

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6/12/2017
Medics with the 108th Area Support Medical Company, 213th Regional Support Group, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, off-load a simulated casualty from a UH-60 Black Hawk operated by Soldiers from Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 2nd Squadron, 104th Regiment, 28th Combat Aviation Brigade, Pennsylvania Army National Guard during training. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Coltin Heller)

Pennsylvania Army National Guard medics conducted a simulated medical evacuation exercise

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Physical therapy helps keep pain away

Article
6/5/2017
Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Melanie Hess performs physical therapy aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan. Three months into Bataan’s deployment the physical therapy area in the medical ward continues to see dozens of patients a week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Magen F. Reed)

Physical therapy is a valued asset aboard a ship

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Department of Defense continues commitment to Global Health Security Agenda

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10/12/2016
Dr. Karen Guice, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, addressed attendees on the second day of the 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Summit Sept. 14, 2016.

Department of Defense and other senior U.S. government leaders travel to the Netherlands to attend a summit on the Global Health Security Agenda

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Health Readiness | Global Health Engagement | Building Partner Capacity and Interoperability | Global Health Security Agenda | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch
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