Care Flight purchases ‘TraumaMan’ |

Care Flight purchases ‘TraumaMan’

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Provided to the TribuneFlight Nurse Alison Kesler makes an incision on TraumaMan to insert a chest tube.

With the purchase of the region’s first self-owned TraumaMan System, a cutting-edge surgical simulator, Care Flight nurses and paramedics can learn and practice surgical skills more realistically and easily.

TraumaMan “has been evaluated and approved by the leading surgical education society as an alternative to live non-human models or cadavers for their surgical practicum of the leading trauma training course,” according to its website.

TraumaMan is an anatomical human body form designed for students to practice several surgical procedures. It is a simulated human torso with a ventilator and four anatomically correct surgical zones. It is designed for replaceable tissue sets that allow each student a “first cut” experience.

TraumaMan costs more than $24,000 to purchase.

“This is a wonderful piece of equipment for our education,” said Karen Thiele, RN, Clinical Development Coordinator for Care Flight. “We can now train and practice advanced skills more frequently.”

In addition to the TraumaMan System, Care Flight medical staff have access to the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority Education Department’s extensive facilities and equipment, including the Simulation Lab, a specialized facility designed to mimic the prehospital setting for education and training purposes. REMSA’s Simulation Lab has recently acquired an upgraded, tetherless version of the dynamic human patient simulator called METIman. This device is operated remotely by the educator, and provides realistic human patient simulation and response to treatments.

“We take clinical excellence very seriously,” said Margaret Tole, RN, vice president of Care Flight. “Equipment like TraumaMan is a big advantage in realizing those high standards and this is a very worthwhile investment.”

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