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Security Contractors killed in IED Blast May 6, 2010

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 10, 2010

Thanks to John and his Forward Surgical Team for their efforts

I was Overcome

Another date that will be forever etched in my mind is Thursday, 6 May 2010. I had just returned from the gym. It was about 1330 when I walked into the FST building expecting to see what I normally see at that time of day, a few folks sitting in the ICU area reading, bullshitting or on the computers. There was no one there, which was odd, but I could hear some voices in the ATLS area (where our trauma patients enter our facility), so I realized we must have received a patient. What I didn’t realize was that I was about to be involved in the care of a patient with the most horrific and devastating injuries our team may ever see.

A young American, a civilian contractor, working as a security guard was involved in an IED blast. He was the backseat passenger in a vehicle similar to a Toyota Land Cruiser – NOT the armored MRAP vehicle I mentioned in an earlier post on this blog. The driver and front-seat passenger were killed at the scene.

Now, we typically are notified by telephone or radio when patients will be arriving, but in this case there was no “heads-up”. There was a medic on this patient’s team who performed some initial life-saving interventions at the scene and then had him driven directly to us since we were the closest medical facility. He had vital signs (blood pressure and heart beat) until he got to the front gate of the FOB, less than a minute’s drive to the FST

Read the rest of this post here, if you can handle it

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