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The health services technician (HS) provides emergency healthcare services and daily medical care for Coast Guard personnel and their families. An HS tasks include assisting medical and dental officers; performing diagnostic testing, x-rays, lab tests, prescribing medications, administering immunizations and performing minor surgical procedures. An HS is normally assigned to a large Coast Guard clinic, small sick bay ashore or aboard a cutter.
Types of Duty:
An HS's first duty station is usually a large medical clinic where they have the opportunity to sharpen their skills under professional supervision. Later in their career an HS can be assigned independent duty aboard cutters or at small unit clinics where they provide for all of the crew's medical needs. The HS may also be assigned to temporary duty involving search and rescue, disaster response and medical-evaluation missions.
An HS receives five months of intense training at the HS "A" school in Petaluma, Calf. The training is performance based and provides lectures, laboratory demonstrations, practical exercises, and clinical experiences in the areas of anatomy, medical administration, basic clinical laboratory procedures, asepsis and sterilization technique, preventive medicine, nursing skills, pharmacy clinical sick call, wound repair, clinical services, leadership and management. The school also teaches classes about medical management information systems including; the Composite Health Case System, Provider Graphic User Interface and Medical Readiness Reporting System. Currently the school also includes a seven week basic course in Emergency Medical Technician training.
Desire to help people needing medical and dental attention. Meticulous attention to detail. Pleasing personality and ability to work closely with others. Medical or dental experience is helpful. School courses in practical mathematics, anatomy, hygiene, biology, physiology, and chemistry are an advantage.