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(Reported by Military News Agency reporter, Chen Jian-Xing)

    “In the past, I only know how to administer treatment, but now I know to infer, think and seek ways to find resources to help the patient”, said Corporal Huang Cai-Yu from 564th Armor Brigade 1st Infantry Battalion who is completing her Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) training at National Defense Medical Center. Having saved a 20 year old youth on an ambulance before, Huang said that the pressure in an actual emergency is completely different from a classroom lesson. In that particular incident, Huang had to administer CPR treatment to a patient with Cardiorespiratory arrest. Despite the pressure under the circumstances giving her a headache, she overcame her discomfort and managed to save the youth, leaving her with a deep impression until today.

    In Huang’s recount, due to the rocking of the ambulance, she had to secure her own body to be of assistance to the patient during the emergency treatment. Now, after attending the professional technical courses, she believes that only the well prepared will be able to take on any emergency situations. She also pointed out that although the current situations faced by the army are relatively simple, the army shall be called upon to provide assistance to disaster zones in times of major disaster. She has placed high expectations on herself to strive towards continued improvements in preparation of future challenges. Medical officer Chung Hung-Ming, currently serving on the Yung Feng Battleship in the Navy, pointed out that the medical officer on a battleship must possess emergency treatment skills. Besides basic first aid skills such as bandaging, splinting and stopping of bleeds, the medical officer should also have an independent, mature judgment and competency, and be able to use limited medical resources to assist the officers and soldiers so as to avoid safety incidents.

    Chung Hung-Ming believed that the rapid response is the most difficult skill to be trained for medical personnel. The EMT-P training at National Defense Medical Center has enabled them to get to know the other medical personnel in the Army, allowing them to exchange experiences. In addition, the courses also provide training in intravenous applications, defibrillator, emergency first aid, and situation reading which has enabled them to improve on their medical expertise and increase the rapid response capability in emergencies. The knowledge will not only increase their self-confidence but also increase the confidence of the patients in the medical personnel, making them the experts and guardians of soldier healthcare. In mentioning the “Cabin Medical Rescue Simulation Training” recently established in the National Defense Medical Center, both trainees believe that use of full specification helicopters, side cabin doors, internal equipment configuration, and site preparation will not only enhance the simulation of the transfer processes following the aerial rescue but also allow better cooperation with fire departments, hospitals and private rescue organizations, so as to strengthen the operational competencies and concepts of the follow-up treatment after an aerial rescue.