SimMan and SimJunior
May 19, 2014
Spokane, Wash. - INHS Health Training recently acquired a father-son duo of training manikins that are so life-like the adult not only responds to students’ resuscitation and treatment efforts, he can make sounds, cry, sweat, vomit and have a pulse—or not—and much more. The Laerdal SimMan 3G, a wireless adult training manikin, and the SimJunior, an interactive pediatric simulator, arrived in March and are being set up for student and professional training to begin in June.
“We want to provide the highest level of training possible to our students and make sure they leave our program ready to work in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field,” said Emily Fleury, director of INHS Health Training and Community Wellness. “We will utilize the manikins in all of our EMS certification courses, such as EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic classes. We will also use them in some of our advanced American Heart Association classes. It’s an added bonus that we have the manikins in time for EMS Week, May 18-24, honoring those on the front lines of medicine.”
The manikins will also be made available to area EMS agencies for training their providers. “Team members can practice skills, such as intubation, that are hard to get in the field, but are required for recertification,” noted Fleury.
Describing pre-hospital medicine as a complex, highly-technical profession, Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department said, “The simulation technology that INHS has invested in allows our paramedics and EMTs the ability to develop a skill, practice it under real-life conditions and time compression without endangering patient safety.” The devices, Schaeffer added, “allow students the opportunity to physically practice complex tasks while placing stress on all of their senses and challenging them by introducing actual complications that were never before available in the classroom.”
Unlike other manikins, the SimMan 3G and SimJunior present human vital signs and respond to students’ actions, so an instructor does not have to describe the patient’s changing condition. “The students get very real reactions to the care they are delivering,” explained Fleury. Students observe changes in SimMan’s pupils, pulse, lung sounds, blood pressure, temperature, blood oxygen levels, and other physiological responses, while a computer senses and records chest compressions, pulse checking, ventilation, defibrillation, catheterization and other measures taken by the students. Course instructors observe the treatment and debrief with students after the hands-on scenario.
Funding for the $135,000 investment in the SimMan 3G and SimJunior was provided through individual donations to the INHS Foundation to enhance EMS education in the community. “Since starting our Paramedic Program two years ago, we realized we needed these manikins,” said Fleury. “They are exceptional teaching tools, and will take our already excellent training program to the next level.”