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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (February 9, 2022) – Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) hosted an Advanced Surgical Skills for Trauma Exposure (ASSET+) course, Feb. 1-2.

ASSET+ is an improved modification of the original ASSET course, and it is a cadaver-based anatomical examination of surgical exposures in the neck, torso, and extremities to enable rapid control of bleeding in injured patients.

“As the NMCP becomes a trauma center, all of our surgeons will be dealing with trauma, although most are not specifically trained in trauma surgery,” said Cmdr. Timothy Donahue, NMCP Trauma Medical Director.

“This course provides refresher or, in some cases, new techniques that will ultimately save lives and improve outcomes.”

ASSET+ has a 1:1 teacher to student ratio and it is a two day course. This is in contrast to the original ASSET course of a 1:4 teacher to student ratio and it is only a one day course. Additionally, ASSET+ includes the subjects of Neurosurgery, OB/GYN, Ophthalmology, and Orthopedics.

“Reviewing techniques to rapidly control hemorrhage is essential for the general surgeon who does not routinely perform trauma surgery,” Donahue said. “Just as every Marine is a rifleman, every Navy surgeon deployed is a trauma surgeon.”

As the oldest military hospital in the US Navy, operating continuously since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth proudly serves past and present service members and their families. The nationally recognized state-of-the-art medical center, along with the area’s 10 health branches and TRICARE Prime clinics, provide care to the Hampton Roads area. The medical center also supports world-class research and education programs designed to prepare new physicians, nurses, and hospital staff for future roles in healing and wellness.