The air medical crews that work for Air Ambulance companies train regularly to keep their skills sharp. They also must attend regular continuing education classes and participate in other ongoing training. Some companies train with life-like patient simulators. These simulators are valuable tools for the flight paramedics and flight nurses to practice life saving skills on.
What do Patient Simulators do?
Patient simulators have been around for some time, however today’s versions are very technically advanced. One particular simulator call SimMan® 3G is one of the most innovative simulators used. Air medical crews need to train, to practice their lifesaving medical skills for real-world scenarios. Being able to create conditions resembling what in-flight medical issues a patient might experience is possible with this patient simulator. SimMan® is a wireless, self-contained state-of-the-art patient training simulator. A trainer can program virtually any scenario via a wireless graphical user interface (GUI).
When a simulation is programmed into SimMan® he virtually comes alive. He can blink, secrete from his eyes, ears and nose, and make heart, lung and bowel sounds. Air medical crews can practice real-life scenarios on him. He’ll react to medications, anesthesia, oxygen and carbon dioxide. With SimMan® any working environment can be recreated with the use of the manufacture’s All Terrain Simulation, software that simulates any working condition from a battlefield to an E.R. With the software, a full range of conditions and patients, from normal to stable to unstable can be recreated. This offers practitioners critical scenarios on which to respond accurately.
The clinical trainer can simulate health issues like a patient going into cardiac arrest. When he does SimMan® is clearly in distress. He’s gurgling, his breath sounds may be diminished, his pupils unresponsive. As medical crew take over, SimMan responds as they check his airway, administer IV medications and even shock him with a defibrillator.
Patient simulators are a valuable teaching tool and the air ambulance company’s medical crews that train with them keep their skills sharp. You can read more about the Angel MedFlight medical flight training here.