The Chicago Trauma Centre treats over 6000 patients every year. This is one of the permanent facilities where the Navy Hospital corpsmen get hands-on-training for the battlefield.
The Navy started this new initiative at Stroger Hospital on the west side of Chicago in 2014. The hospital corpsmen and others refreshers were enlisted to take part in this training that lasted for 6 to 8 weeks.
The success of this pilot program has made the officials to expand it into an official training rotation. It will kick-start at the beginning of the spring. The corpsmen who attend the program will be getting trained in a hectic environment. They will be prepared for trauma and will be taught the necessary procedures and protocols they need to use on the battlefield.
The Navy surgeon at the Lovell Federal Health Care Centre, Captain Paul Roach, said that any corpsman that underwent the traumatic experience would freeze in the past. They do not want this to happen and this is why the Trauma Centre training program was started for the corpsmen.
The main purpose of this program at the Stroger Hospital is to develop the military and the civilian partnership.