MSM – Great Article in the Mail

This is a fantastic article, excellent reporting and superb photography covering the work of the Medical Emergency Response Teams in Afghanistan.

Full credit must go to the journalist, Marco Di Lauro.

This is exactly the type of defence reporting we need more of

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February 8, 2010 11:36 pm

It is a good article, the sort of thing you normally expect from Micheal Yon.

Maybe things have changed since I left the forces but “nurse” is not normally the job title associated with a commission (thinking of the Flight Lieutenant called Fiona). Also not sure that UK MERT is the only unit able to transfuse in mid-flight, I thought USAF Rescue Squadron Para-Rescue Jumpers (PJ’s) were very highly qualified.

How come we cannot afford a flippin’ intercom (wireless or otherwise) so the medics can actually communicate with each other ??

That they do a truly marvelous job is undoubted, it would be great if such stories got double page centre spread in the print version of the papers so more of the public could recognize their efforts.

February 9, 2010 8:30 am

And now its clear why Chinooks are needed for Medevacs.

February 9, 2010 11:29 am

: Michael Yon actually did a piece on the PJ’s, I suggest you all check it out on his site. It’s a very good piece with some good photos and it happens to have been done on an occasion where they went in to rescue a British troop too.

I think Yon made reference to the Chinook being the only Medevac helo that carries blood, all the others(like the PJ’s Blackhawk) were too small for it.

February 9, 2010 5:20 pm

Grim – yes I have read it, obviously need to re-read it, but I don’t think there is room to swing the proverbial cat in the back of an MH60 !