Comfort Medical Staff Evaluates AMAL for Disaster Relief

Story Number: NNS100312-19Release Date: 3/12/2010 9:07:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea Kennedy, USNS Comfort Public Affairs

USNS COMFORT, At Sea (NNS) -- A team from Naval Medical Logistics Command embarked USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) March 1-5 to gather input from Sailors who participated in Operation Unified Response to create an updated available medical allowance list (AMAL).

AMAL is a standardized list of medical parts and supplies used to set a standard that can be procured for a particular mission, whether it be combat-related or humanitarian aid.

"Were establishing a baseline for an AMAL review, trying to get information from the providers and the actual specialty technicians on what they actually needed for the Haiti mission," said Michael Schomer, manager of the AMAL review team.

Sailors aboard Comfort had the opportunity to make their mark on Navy disaster relief efforts and offer inputs about the current AMAL and establish supplies for humanitarian relief and contingency operations.

"We are talking with the directors as well as the subject matter experts to find out what it is that we are missing or what it is we needed while in theater," said Cmdr. Joseph Osazuwa, director of the AMAL review team. "This will allow us to know what kind of inventory will be needed for future missions."

While on board, the review team conducted a series of meetings with departmental directors and subject matter experts within their respective medical fields. The AMAL team spoke to doctors, nurses and corpsmen about the supplies they most needed to provide better care to victims of Haiti's earthquake Jan. 12.

"We are making the AMAL more effective and more efficient for the mission and more effective for the providers as well," said Cmdr. Janine Espinal, supervisor of the AMAL review team. "It is important that that they get what they need at the right place and right time."

During Operation Unified Response, Comfort had more than 1,400 crew members on board supporting the international relief effort led by USAID in conjunction with the government of Haiti. During Operation Unified response Comfort admitted 871 patients and performed 843 surgeries.

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