Elite army trauma team takes part in training program at Cooper Hospital

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Army is partnering with Cooper University Health Care in a training program designed to improve the survival rate on the battlefield.   

Members of the Army's Forward Resuscitation Surgical Team will spend the next three years embedded with Cooper's clinical staff, getting hands-on training from trauma center experts such as Doctor John Chovanes. The goal, he says, is to help increase the survivability rate for wounded soldiers.

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"And then when the military has another event, we have events all the time, but a battle, the Army Doctor is ready to deploy and has been kept current in their trauma surgery skills," Chovanes explained. "Trauma surgery is pretty complex. You've got to know what you're doing, you've got to be able to think under pressure and have skills, and this is a way to maintain those skills." The training program is the result of a Congressional mandate authorizing the military to partner with Level One trauma centers. Cooper was the Army's first choice and will help develop a program that will be used at other sites throughout the country over the next two years.