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Minneapolis VA Simulation Center Supports Air Force Medical Training

By David J. Adriansen, EdD, NREMT, CHSE
Director, VA Midwest Region Simulation Program
Minneapolis VA Health Care System

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station is a national sustainment training center for Air Force Active, Guard and Reserve Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) units, and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center helps support the training of Air Force units through a VA-DOD Healthcare Sharing Agreement. CCATTs travel to the Twin Cities quarterly for a 5-day course which culminates in an aeromedical training mission. In September, the 934th Aeromedical Staging Squadron (ASTS) CCATT, based at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station, conducted their training mission.

As part of the exercise, two mannequins are staged in the closed Medical Intensive Care Unit or MICU at the Minneapolis VA. A CCATT arrives at the hospital, which is designated an overseas location for the exercise, to obtain a briefing from ICU staff and then transport the “patients” to the Air Reserve Station for an actual 3-hour flight (simulated flight to Germany) for treatment.