During the current UN operation, the German team of Role 1 and the long-range reconnaissance group of the UK armed forces engaged in binational trauma simulation training.
The simulation was led and designed by a team of British, consisting of two senior anaesthesiologists and one senior surgeon.
The scenario was a 25-year-old unresponsive soldier with multiple gunshot wounds and a blocked airway, in a hemodynamically unstable condition. Following a structured trauma approach, the team established a surgical airway, a chest tube, a central venous line, and surgical bleeding control.
Besides the classical advantages of simulation training, our exercise provided a better understanding of different approaches and the difference in national protocols, enhanced collaboration between single participants, as well as new impulses for daily work.
This simulation training proofed that such a cooperation is supported by a common language, international algorithms, guidelines, as well as a general understanding of crew resource management. Such structures allow international teams to reach a shared goal more quickly and, therefore should be encouraged.
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