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Minnesota National Guard
133rd Airlift Wing learns pediatric care from Children's Hospital specialists

Minnesota National Guard ST PAUL, Minn- The 133rd Airlift Wing hosted an event that brought in specialists from Children's Hospital of St Paul, Minn, to train members of the Wing's Medical Group during Saturday and Sunday of September drill

Children's Hospital utilizes their mobile training center to educate on the topic of best practices when dealing with traumatic injuries in pediatric care Led by doctors Karen Mathias and Paula Fink-Kocken of Children's Hospital, their team of pediatric specialists uses life-like training aids to provide lessons on various trauma scenarios that allowed members of the Wing to gain crucial hands-on experience when dealing with children

"It is a unique environment that we can provide for the Wing to train in that they normally wouldn't get a chance to on a regular basis," said Karen Mathias, an advanced practice nurse with Children's Hospital

Maj Chris Wolf of the 133rd Medical Squadron coordinated with Children's to bring their team on base to provide this specialized training

Typically, the 133rd would only be treating healthy adults in a military setting, said Wolf But since they respond to state and local missions, it is vital to equip Airmen with the best set of skills and training, to include treating children as well

While size is one of the obvious differences between children and adults, there are many other important factors that come into play when treating a traumatic injury in pediatrics

"Children respond more quickly to treatment, but transversely deteriorate more quickly than that of an adult - a sliding scale always has to be considered when dealing with a child," said Dr Fink-Kocken

This was the first time the 133rd has hosted an event with Children's "The value of what is gained while training with outside organizations is immense, and Children's has done an excellent job with our Airmen," said Wolf

October 7, 2014
by Tech Sgt Paul Santikko
133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

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