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Donald Brock

Emergency Care

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  • Donald Brock
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    “I have many, many patient success stories but none compare to the young man brought from Afghanistan after being shot in the chest.”
  • Donald Brock
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    “My parents were dirt poor. I came from nothing and made it work. If you learn early to surround yourself with really good people you learn to succeed.”
  • Donald Brock
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    “I am surrounded by people that really care about what they are doing and give it everything they’ve got each and every day.”

RN, Emergency
Regions Hospital
Officer In Charge, Critical Care Aeromedical Transport Team
934th ASTS

“My leadership with the military, and my age and maturity, transfers into the ER, and my ER experiences transfer into the military. I can’t do one without the other.”

Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation. It’s a mouthful, but it’s one of the incredible advancements Donald Brock has seen as a critical care nurse in the Air Force Reserves.

“While deployed to Germany last year, I witnessed the use of ECMO in a chest wound patient who was shot in Afghanistan,” Brock says. A machine oxygenated the soldier’s blood when his heart and lungs didn’t. It took a while, but “several weeks later this young man was sitting up in bed talking to his family as I prepared him for the flight back to the United States.”

Brock was so amazed by the soldier’s recovery that he immediately signed up for the military’s ECMO certification program. Then he shared the procedure with the folks at Regions Hospital (where he also works), who saw potential uses in the emergency room.

It’s all in a day’s work for Brock, who juggles two trauma-related jobs. “As a member of the United States Air Force, I have had the privilege of seeing firsthand how some of the many advances in medicine have saved lives,” he says. Lucky for us, he brings what he learns home.

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