August 1, 2018

U.S. Navy taps Hartford Hospital’s facility for mass-casualty training exercise

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed

A team of nine U.S. Navy Independent Duty Corpsmen from across New England converged on Hartford Hospital's recently renovated Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation Tuesday for a realistic training drill that mimicked treating gunshot wounds, heart attacks, bleeding and other injuries that might arise in a mass casualty situation.

The hospital said the Corpsmen worked with its clinical educators for about six hours. The drills included live actors playing wounded patients and also involved treating patients in a confined space to simulate the conditions a submarine.

Hospital spokeswoman Tina Varona said that CESI has worked since 2004 with Navy recruits training to become Independent Duty Corpsmen, but said Tuesday was the first time CESI had worked with active duty IDCs.

According to, IDCs serve along other medical staff on land and on water, as well as under it, providing hands-on medical care and performing other tasks.

The Navy's base in Groton is home to one specialty training school for IDCs, MilitaryNews said.

CESI has hosted an array of training events in the past for healthcare providers from numerous countries, as well as military members, police, firefighters, and EMS workers.

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