At a large-scale drill in Tze’elim this week, 200 medical professionals serving
in the army showed their power – not in weaponry used against the enemy but in
treating “wounded” and “sick” soldiers.
The complicated exercise,
Lt.-Col. Dr. Itzhik Malka – head of the medical branch of the Ground Forces
Command – told The Jerusalem Post that the drill, in which a variety of teams of
four soldiers each participated, was a success, and that lessons were
The event at the logistical training center at Tze’elim, in the
northwestern Negev, was the fifth of its kind. The teams included physicians,
paramedics, medics and ambulance drivers, each assigned an
“They competed in treating wounded in mass catastrophes and
routinely ill soldiers and in their knowledge of basic medical studies,” said
Malka. “Everything went according to plan.”
The medical teams came from
the the leading units in the Ground Forces, including the Officer’s School,
Aviation Center, Center for Ground Training, Parachutists’ School, Armored
Corps, Artillery Corps, the Engineering Corps’ elite Yahalom unit.
winners of the drill, according to the military physician panel of judges, were
the Armored Corps, while the School for Military Engineering was runner-
“One of the most important things on the battlefield is giving rapid
medical treatment,” said Malka. The IDF ensures that ground forces and their
medical teams are trained at all times and know how to function in the best
possible way, in times of routine and in emergencies. They must always be
“The teams were give advanced and new equipment, including
dried plasma to which physiological fluid is added to reconstitute the plasma
from the powder and then injected; and a tourniquet better able to stop bleeding
and that makes it possible for a buddy or the wounded soldier himself to use it
It was the first time that the IDF used the powdered plasma
in field conditions, Malka added.
The teams were put through a variety of
“stations,” including those testing their use of medical equipment; preventive
medicine; and simulators of mass catastrophes; and treating wounded in urban
areas and those trapped in collapsed buildings; and preparing
Medics were asked to insert infusions and run with “wounded”
On the lighter side, there was also a trivia quiz.
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