ITEC 2018: Growth in US Army’s simulated medical training
The US Army is seeing a growth area in the employment of realistic medical training such as manikins, Brig Gen William Cole told delegates at the keynote conference at ITEC 2018.
Tactical Combat Care (TCC) in a simulative and training environment is with a particular focus on the soldier immersing themselves from the point of injury with a manikin to the next stage of evacuation to the hospital.
This is being conducted through the utilisation of manikins to simulating inflight care through realistic technology.
The manikins utilised have the capacity to react, creating a fully immersive and holistic experience for the operator in understanding medevac emergencies and possible casualty characteristics from bullet wounds to blast to respiratory issues.
It is instrumented so the soldier’s response rate to procedures and for instance, the entry of multiple wounds, are monitored which helps with training to whether the student has been successful in carrying out the full checks.
Furthermore, as part of the Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin programme – the service is moving forward from using crash test dummies which generally just measured impact to manikins that are now designed to withstand ground-up underbody blasts when onboard an armoured vehicle.
‘There are over 100 sensor channels and the data we are getting is phenomenal. It was originally criticised because it was pricier than the automotive crash test dummy but because it was designed for the ground up mission it’s actually less expensive to operate over time,’ Cole explained.
Due to the number of sensors the data being fed back is crucial and more comprehensive than the crash test dummies plus any impact damage can more or less be resolved immediately and tests can continue to proceed that day.
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