University of Nebraska Medical Center Gains New ‘Simulation in Motion’ Truck
Norfolk Daily News recently shared a news story highlighting how the University of Nebraska Medical Center unveiled four “Simulation in Motion” trucks at a special ceremony last Wednesday in Omaha. Looking for resources on how to build your own mobile simulation truck? Check out the numerous recorded courses on SimGHOSTS.org!
The 44-foot long, dual-axle customized trucks soon will be deployed and stationed in Norfolk, Lincoln, Kearney and Scottsbluff. The UNMC College of Nursing has divisions in those cities. The customized trucks, funded by a $5.5 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, feature a mobile simulation, real-life training experience designed to increase life-saving training opportunities through high-tech simulation. The training is free and targeted to rural emergency medical service agencies and rural critical access hospitals.
“We are excited to partner with UNMC to bring state-of-the-art simulation training to rural communities,” said Walter Panzirer, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Gail Suhr, an emergency medical technician with Bloomfield Ambulance Service, is excited about the prospects of the training. “After 34 years in the emergency medical services, this is one of the best things to happen, and I hope everyone takes advantage of it. There’s so much we can learn through these trucks,” Suhr said.
The trucks feature dual slide-out room extensions, a simulated emergency room and an ambulance, as well as computerized mannequins that talk, breathe, have heartbeats, and can react to medications and other actions of the learners. They can die and be revived over and over again. Each mobile unit is outfitted with supplies to recreate a realistic environment for learners that includes: pre-programmed computerized medical and trauma scenarios; monitors that display vital signs of patient simulators; and audio and video recording/playback capabilities.