51st MDG Delayed Team manages crisis patients
Readiness exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 kicked off on May 9, and brought a vast variety of scenarios with it, ranging from simulated attacks on base opposition forces to sheltering in
place. The 51st Medical Group was an active player in the exercise, taking in
patients with simulated wounds and injuries, but the first responders weren’t
the only critical members of the medical response force.
“The Delayed Team’s mission is to keep patients stabilized and prepare
them either to go back to the fight or leave on an aero evacuation,” said Capt.
Samuel Madson, 51st Medical Operations Squadron pediatrician and Delayed
The Delayed Team does not handle the most critical patients sent to the
emergency room, but they play the vital role of determining the status of and
providing care for the wounded who are on the cusp of going critical.
The medical portion of Beverly Herd was designed to present realistic
scenarios to medical personnel based on injuries seen in the field.
“We wanted to see what limiting factors we could find so we can minimize
them in a real world situation,” said Maj. Jerod Rieger, 51st MDG wing
inspection team chief.
Some of quick decisions that medical personnel need to be able to make
are whether or not they can save a patient, if they have the tools necessary to
support a patient, and if they have the blood, drugs and other medical supplies
necessary to keep a patient alive, said Rieger.
“We sustain the fight,” said Madson. “We make it so that anybody that is
injured can be taken care of and get them back into the fight.”