DC -- Natl Museum of Health and Medicine (Walter Reed) -- Exhibit: Trauma Bay II (Iraq):
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NMHMTB_090411_15.JPG: Concrete floor of Trauma Bay II,
emergency room, Air Force Theater Hospital,
This floor was built to support the tent hospital at the US Army 31st Combat Surgical Hospital in 2003. Due to the pace of operations at the hospital, a vinyl cover was adhered to the floor. 100-mile-an-hour tape (duct tape) was used to mark the individual trauma bays. The floor is stained with Betadine scrub, an iodine-based antiseptic used to clean the skin prior to medical procedures. Gouges on the floor were caused by heavy stretchers bearing wounded into the bay.
Trauma Bay II was where the most severe cases brought into the hospital were treated. It was regarded as the location where the most lives were lost and saved in the Iraq theater of operations.
Temporary hospital finds permanent place in history
Staff Sgt. Ruth Curfman
US Air Force News
... The emergency room from the old Balad AB Air Force Theater Hospital, which was a temporary tent structure, was recently dismantled and packaged up. [It] is known, by the medical community, as the place where the most American blood was spilled since the Vietnam War.
"Back in 2004, when the Army's Combat Support Hospital was built on the site, the tents were built on concrete slabs. The trauma bays in the emergency room were marked with tape o the floor," said Capt. Scott Miller, the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron logistics chief, deployed from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. "When I was here in 2006, the (emergency room's) bay were marked with painted numbers on the concrete floor. ...
After the newly built Air Force Theater Hospital became fully operational, Airmen were tasked to tear down the old hospital, which drew the attention of some congress members.
[The] bay marked with "II", known as Bay II, is where the most severe trauma cases brought into the hospital were treated... [and] has earned the recognition of being the location where the most lives were lost and saved in the Iraq theater of operations. ...
"Successfully removing the 7-foot by 7-foot, six-inch thick solid concrete slab, weighing more than 6,000 pounds, without an extra crack or chip shows the tremendous effort, dedication and pride our civil engineers took in preserving this piece of history," said Maj. Scott Bryant, the 332nd ECES operations flight commander, deployed from Wright-Patterson Air Force Bay, Ohio. "We are honored to be able to play a role in helping to share the stories of this small foundation's role in supporting the healing hands and victims of war's tragedy." ...
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2009 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs. I've also got a Nikon D90 and a newer Fuji -- the S200EHX -- both of which are nice but I still prefer the flexibility of the Fuji.
Trips this year:
Niagara Falls, NY,
New York City,
Civil War Trust conferences in Gettysburg, PA and Springfield, IL, and
my 4th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Los Angeles, Yosemite, Death Valley, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, etc).
Ego strokes: I had a picture of a Lincoln-Obama cupcake sculpture published in Civil War Times and WUSA-9, the local CBS affiliate, ran a quick piece on me. A picture that I took at the annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium appeared in the National Archives' "Prologue" magazine. I became a volunteer with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Number of photos taken this year: 417,000.
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