Military Medical Simulation Program Highlighted on Local News
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Nothing compares to the real thing, but Army medic Jason Russell said a battlefield simulation at Joint Base Lewis-McChord comes close. “The animatronics, the bleeding, the smells,” said the staff sergeant, “Everything plays into that key that you don’t get stuck. You don’t freeze where you’re at.”
Part of the training at Madigan Army Medical Center’s Andersen Simulation Center involves sessions in a dark, smoky room filled with mannequin amputees covered in fake blood. “You can’t really train for this in a classroom,” said Russell.
Capt. Shannon Renfrow, a chief resident at Madigan, will have to go through the battlefield simulation room before she’s deployed overseas. As a doctor at Madigan she regularly participates in other medical simulations. Madigan was selected as a test site for a new birthing simulator. A rubber human belly and fetus replica allows doctors and nurses to practice C-section surgeries. The mannequin is called “C-Celia.” Like a flight simulator, it creates different complications for staff to handle.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.