LONDON — Kforce Government Systems has begun taking orders for the new hemostatic patient simulator developed with the Army Research Laboratory’s Simulation and Training Technology Center. The trainer allow soldiers to practice treating deep wounds, something the mannequins could not previously provide.
“It’s filling a gap in the training,” said Carolyn Hollander, vice president of KGS.
She said that the military requested such a trainer about a year ago.
The mannequin requires realistic pressure to stop bleeding, can simulate wounds caused by improvised explosive devices and can thrash around via signals from a remote control.
The hemostatic agent trainer will be announced formally on the company’s website next week and can be ordered now, though it will begin shipping in late September or early October. It will join the ranks of many other bloody parts used for military and clinical training.
On display at the ITEC exhibition here was KGS’s MATT, the Multiple Amputation Trauma Trainer that has kicking, blood-spurting legs in need of tourniquets, self-sealing skin that can be repeatedly punctured with needles to teach lung reinflation, and a replaceable throat segment that can be used to train for tracheotomies.
There are a variety of options for the trainers, such as different faces that respond to body sensors and degrade from healthy-looking pasty, changeable torsos that allow for chest compressions during CPR practice, and fake blood that doesn’t stain and can simulate clotting.
Hundreds of the trainers have been fielded since the program launched. The overall system is known as TraumaFX, while MATT technically only describes the lower part of the trainer — something that can be traded out for a single leg amputee or crushed leg trainer or the new hemostatic patient simulator. The upper body can be traded from a normal chest to an abdominal evisceration version.
“They’re swappable,” said Hollander, describing the mixing and matching capabilities. “They’re like Garanimals,” the mix-and-match children’s clothing.
The trainers are designed to be rugged. The MATT on display had been in the field since 2009, had had some 5,000 tourniquets placed on him and at one point fell off of a helicopter when someone failed to properly secure his litter.