Sunday, October 28, 2012

Simulator Effective Teaching Tool

The METIman simulator connects wirelessly to a proprietary software program that allows the user to control the mannequin during instruction via a computer or touch-screen tablet. The $50,000 mannequin is equipped with blinking eyes, breathing abilities and provides vital signs, plus a host of other abilities. The simulator assists in teaching and training emergency responders and students good techniques and skills during simulated real-life patient scenarios.

As an example of how it can be effectively used, first responders were able to demonstrate their emergency response capabilities during a Desert Wind 13-01 exercise held at Edwards Air Force Base to test the response to a major aircraft incident. Medical personnel were able to train for the first time during a METIman exercise.

The training exercise enabled the mannequin to be operated through a simulator controlled wirelessly from a nearby laptop. The technology provides virtually a limitless variety of scenarios for medical personnel to use in training.

“The mannequin really suits our needs as it was designed for the pre-hospitable setting, and focuses a lot of its enhancements and computer programs found in that environment on the injuries we would normally see, said Ryan Billings 412 MDG Emergency Medical Technician Program Manager.

He continued, “During the exercise involving the aircraft incident, paramedics had to actually treat and practice on the mannequin. The injury sustained by the mannequin had a closed head injury, an open femur fracture, and a punctured chest and by having this simulator, our medics were able to practice advanced life support skills.”

The METIman simulator is also being used in several nursing programs. One scenario had nursing students at Louisiana Tech University, treating METIman simulator  for serious third degree burns and placed over 50 percent of the body. The goal was to help the students take care of the medical emergency without the help of an instructor.

Several other colleges have received some grant funding to purchase the METIman simulator to help nursing students.  Recently, Albany Technical College received a grant from USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant to purchase the METIman mannequin for their simulation lab and Kent State’s East Liverpool’s Nursing Lab received funding to purchase METIman through Appalachian Regional Commission funding.