The Navy prepares medics for combat conditions in war zones by sending them to Chicago.
A partnership with a Cook County hospital is allowing military medical personnel access to the trauma patients that it serves in Chicago, which is grappling with so much gun violence on its South and West sides that some people have taken to calling the city “Chiraq.”
“It’s important to get them this kind of training here, so they can see how to stop that bleeding and save that life,” Lt. Cmdr. Stan Hovell, a Navy nurse who worked in a rotation at the hospital, told the Chicago Tribune. “They pick up those skills and carry it back to the Navy.”
The military, including the Air Force, also uses Baltimore and LA Country. These hospitals with trauma units have gunshot wounds, blunt trauma injuries, stab wounds, drug overdoses galore.
In Chicagoland alone, 563 have been shot this year and 109 of them have died. They are almost exclusively gangland-responsible killings, but they have that amazing Mayor Rahm Emanuel who told the gangs to take it down the block and not shoot the children. He has also promised Chicago will always be a “sanctuary city”.
Most military medics say going to trauma units in our gang-infested cities provides the most useful trauma training they receive.