JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. —
Members of the 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from Pope Army Air Field, North Carolina, and 375th AES from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, conducted a Transport Isolation System training exercise to maintain readiness at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, October 21-24.
The TIS is a device used to transport Ebola patients, either by C-17 Globemaster III or C-130 Hercules, while preventing the spread of disease to medical personnel and aircrews while transporting a patient to a United States hospital that can treat Ebola patients.
The TIS is comprised of an antechamber for donning and doffing of personal protective equipment and an isolation module in which the patient physically travels and where aeromedical evacuation technicians are able to render medical care.
“We conduct periodic exercises and training events, like we did this week, to allow us to maintain readiness and continually evolve this transport capability,” said Lt. Col. Lee Nenortas, Air Mobility Command’s deputy chief of the Medical Readiness and Plans Division. “We strive to improve our concept of operations, tactics, techniques and procedures.”
JB Charleston is currently the only military installation with the TIS. The TIS mission is a sub-specialty of the aeromedical evacuation mission, which is why it is vital to train on specialized tasks to provide patient care safely, according to Col. Leslie Wood, Air Mobility Command’s medical director for en-route care.
“Our mission is a multi-disciplinary effort,” said Wood. “We would not be able to accomplish it without our host, Joint Base Charleston.”
The TIS requires support team members, including biomedical repair technicians, bioenvironmental engineering personnel and medical logisticians, as well as aeromedical evacuation crews and critical care air transport team members to operate. Nenortas also mentioned the importance of teamwork when conducting training and real-world missions with the TIS.
“Medicine is a team sport,” said Nenortas. “This mission takes clinicians, who are actually providing the patient care, and medical support personnel, who are behind the scenes providing supplies and ensuring equipment is running effectively, to conduct safe medical care and transport of the patient and our staff.”