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Using Advanced Prosthetics for Stress Inoculation Training and to Teach Life Saving Skills
VIRTUAL REALITY MEDICAL CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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This paper discusses new developments in advanced medical technology which may in the short term be applicable to NATO multinational medical operations. To supply more realistic military medical training, The Virtual Reality Medical Center VRMC conceptualized and developed a unique injury simulator as an adjunct to current combat medic training. This initial technology, called Injury Creation Science ICS, very realistically simulated a number of battlefield injuries such as amputations, eviscerations, blast injuries, punctures, and burns. Since the initial prototypes, VRMC has developed this technology into wearable part-task trainers that simulate injuries as well as allow combat medics to practice actual medical procedures common to the battlefield. The progression of these trainers has been under the guidance and partnership with the U.S. Army Research and Engineering Command Simulation and Technology Training Center RDECOM STTC. The procedures currently available or under development include treatment of pneumothorax, hemoperitonium, and gunshot wounds to an artery. By integrating medical science with cutting edge simulation and training technologies, realistic prosthetic tissue, wounds, and part task trainers have been developed for the training of trauma care clinicians. The next generation of Stress Inoculation Training SIT includes the use of prosthetics developed based on human anatomy and physiology, material science, and nanotechnology. Testing has revealed that these products are highly useful and reliable and can easily be integrated into existing protocols for enhancement of the training experience.
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