Self aid, buddy care training undergoes changes

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Within the next 30 days, self- aid and buddy care training will undergo changes to its delivery. 

In the past, SABC training was conducted in a classroom using videos and was very instructor-based. 

Now, SABC is to be delivered in two modes. Initial SABC training will be computer based, wherein the trainee will receive the knowledge portion of SABC. At the end of the computer- based SABC training, the trainee is required to complete a test. Upon successful completion of the test, the trainee goes on to complete the practical application in a classroom. 

"SABC skills and willingness to use them can mean the difference between life and death," said William Large, 5th Medical Group medical readiness officer. 

In October, the 5th Bomb Wing will have a chance to demonstrate these skills as the wing participates in a conventional readiness exercise. 

"Airmen should review their Airman's Manual and take a look at those SABC sections," he said. "There's going to be opportunities for Airmen to treat simulated patients using the principles of SABC." 

The core components of SABC are bleeding control, splinting, shock treatment, victim transportation and proper use of Atropine and 2-Pam Chloride auto injectors. Mr. Large stressed the importance of knowing these core components. 

The change in SABC training correlates to the trend of many ancillary training requirements being switched to computer. 

"Computer-based training is proven effective, but you have some individuals that prefer a classroom," he said. "With this new training format, you get the best of both worlds. 

"Lives depend on SABC in a combat environment," he added. "If Air Force members are able to treat injuries both to themselves and their buddy, the outcome will be improved. SABC is truly an example of the importance of a quality wingman." 
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