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Surgical Emergency Response Team (SERT) holding exercise

November 02, 2017

Kettering Health Network’s Surgical Emergency Response Team (SERT), the first program of its kind in the greater Dayton area, is holding an exercise on Friday, November 3 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Cohen Electronics Recycling Center, 3110 S. Verity Pkwy in Middletown.

Middletown Fire and EMS, Kettering Mobile Care medical transportation and a MedFlight medical helicopter will participate in the exercise.

The SERT, composed of a trauma surgeon, advanced practice provider, surgical technician, and other hospital staff, provides advanced surgical care at the scene of an accident for a person who cannot be extricated and transported to a hospital for treatment in a reasonable amount of time. Situations include someone who is trapped and requires emergency amputation, blood loss from a trauma that cannot be controlled by conventional means at the scene, or emergency administration of blood products.

The team is part of Kettering Medical Center’s Level II trauma center. The SERT was established in 2016 by trauma surgeon Douglas Paul, DO. Dr. Paul started a SERT program in Columbus in 2011.