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The Hanover Park Fire Department recently teamed up with their system hospital, Advocate Sherman Hospital (Greater Elgin Area Mobile Intensive Care Unit) for three days of advance Emergency Medical Service (EMS) training using simulated technology called SimMan®.
The SimMan® is a human simulator that allows an instructor to remotely mimic life threatening medical emergencies through computer programed scenarios.
As the EMS crews are given a scenario, they work on the SimMan® as though it is a real patient. First, the crews begin by using basic assessment skills, such as obtaining vital signs. The crew’s next step is to perform advanced life support skills, such as cardiac monitoring, and finally, once the crew identifies the condition of the “patient”, they proceed as if they were at an actual emergency scene. They can insert intravenous (IV) lines for the administration of medication, release air trapped in the SimMan’s® chest cavity by inserting a needle into the chest wall, and help the SimMan® breathe by using an advanced technique called oral intubation. These are just a few examples of what can be performed during these simulations.
One unique advantage to using simulated training is whatever treatment the crew provides; the simulator will respond as if it were a real patient with corresponding signs and symptoms.
The SimMan® is an excellent example of how technology can be used to further advance the medical field. Using these advancements in simulated technology will help develop critical lifesaving skills in the