Congress Gets Hands-On Demo of Combat Trauma Training Simulators
A medic demonstrates use of the Cut Suit.
Members of Congress came face-to-face with life-threatening injuries at a combat trauma training simulation event sponsored by the Physicians Committee in October.
The makers of three simulators demonstrated their products’ potential to revolutionize the care of wounded service members on the battlefield. Attendees also heard from Rep. Hank Johnson and Robert DeMuth, M.D., a physician and former Army Major who credits countless lives saved on the battlefield to simulation devices.
“When I served in Iraq, I made sure that every medic under my command trained with advanced medical simulators,” said Dr. DeMuth. “In my opinion, the use of animals for trauma training is simply not necessary, given the availability of this technology.”
The audience even had a chance to get their hands dirty trying out the new era of medical training simulators, including the HemaSTaT training system from Simulution, Inc., the Cut Suit from Strategic Operations, and SimMan from Laerdal Corporation. The devices feature lifelike skin, anatomically correct organs, breakable bones, and realistic blood flow and clotting.
Medical technology has advanced rapidly over the last decade, making older training methods—like operating on live animals—unnecessary.
Former Army Major Dr. Robert DeMuth explains the SimMan system.