In Daleville, Virginia they have taken an old ambulance that was going to go out to pasture and get scrapped for the parts in scrap metal or whatever and they found a way to revitalize it and turn it into a useful training tool. This is really exciting and is one of the more interesting things I see going on with older ambulances out there and that is taking an older ambulance and turning them into either a stationary or mobile training unit with a simulator manikin inside.
EMS Simulator Manikin and Software
In this case, they are using software and cameras and everything that is needed to record the training to manage patient care. Using a tool like this before we have to handle specific situations is a great training tool for students. It’s also a great review and training tool for paramedics and existing EMTs.
I’ve seen this happen in other places, too. In this article they took the ambulance and got a grant from the state to go in and turn it into a mobile sim-lab that will now be available for patients care training all over their region. It’s really exciting.
Video Back-up and Review
They are able to videotape the scenarios they run and then playback and let the provider or student watch themselves in action. You get to look and say what would you do here or there in the situation. It’s a great learning tool. It’s something to consider, making that old ambulance into a training tool the way they did in Daleville, Virginia.
Catch this news item and more in this week’s episode of the MedicCast – Serotonin Syndrome and MedicCast Episode 296.