1/24/2011 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Alamo Chapter of the Air Force Association awarded 1st Place to the 59th Medical Wing's Critical Care Air Transport Team booth during the Air Education and Training Command Symposium held Jan. 20-21 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The annual symposium featured more than 90 seminars on a variety of education, training and innovation topics by experts from across the Air Force. The AFA hosted an exposition in conjunction with the symposium that included more than 90 military and civilian booths. Displays highlighted leading-edge capabilities, technologies and information that relate to recruiting, training and educating Airmen. Members of the 59th MDW participated in the exposition, setting up booths displaying information about CCATT's, Adult and Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Warrior Rehabilitation, Advanced Post traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment, the Running Improvement Program and the Use of Thermogard, Intravascular Temperature Management. The Lackland Bloodmobile was also parked in the exhibition area allowing individuals to donate blood and register for the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program.
By Sue Campbell
59th Medical Wing Public Affairs
1/6/2011 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) -- Air National Guard members will begin flying a newly assigned critical care air transport team mission from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Jan. 10, the air surgeon said in an interview here Jan. 4. The CCATTs, which consist of a physician specializing in critical care, pulmonology, anesthesiology or surgery, along with a critical care nurse and a respiratory technician, are designed to provide a higher level of care in the aeromedical evacuation system, said Col. Brett Wyrick. "The Air Guard went from having absolutely no CCATTs six months ago to providing the trained and ready manpower for this air expeditionary force requirement for the next two years," he said. The teams will deploy from here for tours that vary from 60 to 180 days. "A flexible tour length allows for maximum participation among these highly specialized caregivers who are in high demand in the civilian world as well as the military," Colonel Wyrick said. They will be based out of Ramstein AB, which is one of the Air Force's CCATT hubs. "The Air Guard will place at least one CCATT on each rotation flying out of Ramstein (AB) ... and we are looking to combine with the Air Force Reserve to field even more teams in the coming months," Colonel Wyrick said. From Ramstein AB, they may be called on to fly missions into Iraq, Afghanistan or possibly Africa and bring patients back to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Germany.
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1/11/2011 - KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- He walks into the Kandahar Air Hospital with his medical bags in tow. Minus a few dusty footprints at the doorway from the outside environment, it resembles any other hospital complete with a clean, sterile smell -- a scent absent anywhere else on the airfield in Afghanistan which is noted for its infamous open sewage. Capt. John Eggert, a 451st Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Critical Care Air Transport Team nurse, continues down a hall, through a door marked "Staff Only" and down another hallway until there is a break with a sign hanging above his head. The intensive care unit is to his left; the ward is to his right. He walks into the ICU first, where his patients are usually located, but then turns right around and walks into the ward instead, where patients are typically able to stand up and talk to their doctors. The CCATT is a specialized medical team comprised of three specialists: a doctor, nurse and respiratory technician. Dr. Kotti's team is one of three CCATTs assigned to the 451st EAES. They are always on call and ready to respond at a moment's notice, whether they're alerted several hours or a matter of minutes before their plane takes off.
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