321 - Surgical Collaboration Between US Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force
Description: Surgical Collaboration between US Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force LT Vincent I. Vasquez United States Navy Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan Main Operating Room Division Officer Rationale Interoperability between United States Naval Hospital Yokosuka (USNHY) and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) will ensure readiness in times of crisis. Objectives Focus on team concept between USNHY surgical teams and JMSDF surgical teams to overcome barriers that exist between our two military medical components. Focus on response, communication barriers, pre-operative, intraoperative and postoperative challenges. Methods Participation in both USNHY and JMSDF coordinated drills such as mass casualty drills to identify strengths and weaknesses. Tour medical facilities and join our medical teams together to perform surgical procedures in a controlled environment. Results The ability to communicate determines the efficacy of an interoperability team. Utilization of a facilitator along with translators increases the success of the interoperability team. Conclusions Continued collaboration between JMSDF and USNHY increases the effectiveness of the interoperability teams.