Congress Gets Hands-On Demo of Lifesaving Combat Trauma Training Simulators

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Congress Gets Hands-On Demo of Lifesaving Combat Trauma Training Simulators

The Physicians Committee invited the makers of three combat trauma training simulators to come to Capitol Hill on Oct. 22 to discuss and demonstrate their products’ potential to revolutionize the care of wounded service members on the battlefield.

Attendees also heard from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA-4) 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 no longer necessary, given the availability of this technology.”

The audience also had a chance to talk to the experts and even get their hands dirty while catching a glimpse of 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.

Video of the Cut Suit in Action
WARNING: THIS VIDEO MAY BE GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING

Medical technology has advanced rapidly over the last decade, making older training methods—like operating on live animals—unnecessary. New simulators provide benefits that animal models cannot, including exceptional physiologic similarity to humans, accurate imitation of uniquely human wounds, and the capacity for trainees to repeat procedures many times.

To learn more, visit BetterMilitaryMedicine.org.