The U.S. Marines from the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, First Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California are paying a visit to our Level I Trauma Center and Burn Center. The purpose of their visit is to participate in the observer program to better understand the physical realities of trauma and burns. This is an opportunity for these young marines to see the steps involved in treating gross physical injuries, which will better prepare them when they are confronted with injured military personnel in combat. UCSD Trauma Division is proud to help the marines with this invaluable training.
Standing in front of The UCSD Medical Center lobby, the Marines receive a warm welcome from Trauma Program Manager, Sharon Pacyna, RN and Assistant Trauma Program Manager, Pat Stout, RN.
Sharon Pacyna, RN is briefing an overview of the observer program to the marines before viewing the trauma resuscitation video.
The marines have an opportunity to view trauma resus in progress with Pat Stout, RN near by ready to answer questions.
One of the marines tries out a lead apron with a little help from Pat Stout. The aprons are routinely worn by the trauma team during the resuscitation.
The marines pay close attention to the SICU Admission Board.
Madeline Martinez, RN, Assistant SICU Nurse Manager, explains the mission of the surgical intensive care unit and caring for the critically injured trauma patients.
Ann Malo, RN, Assistant Nurse Manager greets young marines before touring the Burn Unit.