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Army Medics Train With Patient Simulators

Combat medics train on a simulated battlefield using the Combat Trauma Patient Simulation system at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. RDECOM photo

Aberdeen MD (SPX) Aug 11, 2005
Army medics are training for upcoming deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with high-tech patient simulation technology.

The patient simulators of the Combat Trauma Patient Simulation realistically replicate a vast array of conditions to include trauma, weapons of mass destruction, and diseases.

The system forces the trainees to assess, stabilize, treat and evacuate their patients.

Medics report these simulators provide realistic training because they breathe, blink their eyes, have pulses and even simulate death.

The CTPS system consists of networked patient simulators, along with a triage capability that allows military medics to train both individually and as a team in the case of mass casualties.

The CTPS system is fielded at the Department of Combat Medic Training, U.S. Army Medical Department Center and Schools in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Another system resides at the Advanced Medical Test Support Center at Fort Gordon, Ga.

The Field Medical Service School at Camp Pendleton Marine Base, Calif., recently received a mini version of the CTPS system. The Army National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., has had CTPS assets since 1998.

The First Cavalry Division has two patient simulators in Iraq to provide just-in-time training to medics fighting the war on terror.

Future user sites include Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Rucker, Ala., Fort Riley, Kan., Fort Bragg, N.C. and the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, Ky.

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