Medical Profiles: Getting them back to their job
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE - The 36th Medical Operations Squadron is responsible for monitoring the medical readiness and well-being of Team Andersen and family members here.
Within the 36th MDOS is public health, which is responsible for the oversight of the profiling process.
Medical profiles are given to servicemembers whom either injure themselves or have become ill and cannot perform all physical activities. These profiles are used to recover from illness and injury, and limit the servicemember from performing physical tasks that could hinder their recovery.
"The oversight and management of profiles is vital when it comes to medical readiness," said Tech. Sgt. Eric Peterson, 36th MDOS noncommissioned officer in charge of public health. "If managed improperly, squadron commanders would not know who is medically in the clear. This can mean mission failure not only at the squadron or group level but at an Air Force level."
It is imperative that all profiled members are reviewed on a periodic basis to ensure they are continually healing. This enables the providers to see if their current care plan is working, and if not, allows them to adjust it to the member's needs.
"The main focus is to get our Airmen back to their job at full capability," said Sergeant Peterson.
Managing profiles ensures the commanders have the most current snapshot of which Airmen are fully mission capable and which Airmen are not. This allows the commanders to make decisions that will set up their unit for success.
"The type of profile a member is on, whether it be duty restricting or mobility restricting, affects their squadron's medical readiness numbers," said Tech. Sgt. Kristie Clifford, 36th MDOS noncommissioned officer in charge of medical standards management. "If members are not profiled properly they could be tasked to deploy when they are not truly ready to go. We conduct monthly deployment availability working group meetings. During these meetings, we review each member that's profiled to ensure they still require being mobility-restricted."
The deployment availability working group meetings allow providers to update profiles and inform commanders of their personnel's mobility status. Without medical record reviews, servicemembers would go through permanent change of duty stations or retrain to careers when not medically qualified to do so, which could be detrimental to the patients' life and the mission.
"The profiling process helps servicemembers heal and assists in commanders decisions of deployments for personnel," said Sergeant Clifford. "The process helps paint a clearer picture of our servicemembers, their needs, and a timeline for their healing process."
For questions or concerns on medical profiles contact public health at 366-4147.