Fort Drum Medics Train Soldiers with Modern Healthcare Simulators
The Tactical Combat Casualty Care Exportable kit is a combination of Army medical simulators that can be used to train the Warrior Skill Level 1 Medical Training Tasks found in the Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks, said Jose L. Mercado, lead engineer of the Product Manager for Medical Simulators. Each brigade will receive two TC3X kits, which include full body trainers that mimic the weight and distribution of a human body, the ability to simulate breathing, bleeding, pulses and traumatic amputations.
“Soldiers who are not medics are the ones that are there when the injury occurs,” Mercado said. “They need the skills necessary to prevent these (avoidable) deaths.” A single kit is designed to allow three medics to train up to 30 Soldiers on common medical tasks, Mercado said.
Sgt. Nathanial McMahon, a Medical Simulation Training Center instructor from Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (LI), assures that this is vital training equipment for the modern warfighter. “They bleed. They talk. They move,” McMahon said. “This simulator will ‘die’ on you if you don’t have the right skills.”
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.