The Emergency Medical Education and Simulation Center provides the most advanced and challenging situational training available for emergency medical personnel. The Simulation Center includes robotic patients (iSTAN medical training mannequins) whose symptoms and reactions are controlled by computer, as well as realistic soundstages.
The constantly changing conditions require crews to react just as they would on real calls. The whole process is recorded on videotape so that crews can review their simulations, providing valuable feedback and constructive criticism when necessary. One of the most important benefits of the Simulation Center is its ability to present paramedics with patients whose life-threatening conditions may only be seen once or twice in a paramedic’s career. Dealing with these critical, but rare, cases allows paramedics the opportunity to hone their skills.
Medic coordinates with area first responders each year to create realistic inter-agency simulations that emulate some of the more intense scenes a Paramedic may inccur over the course of their career. In the past year, Medic personnel have been exposed to simulated motor vehicle accidents with entrapment, a police officer involved shooting and the challenges associated with managing an incident involving a high profile individual where on-scene media interest is highly intrusive.
One of the newest additions to the Simulation Center is a motion simulator. A retired ambulance has been retrofitted with hydraulics and airbags along with simulated siren noise and video of the streets of Charlotte, allowing the ambulance to realistically simulate the actual ride experience during a transport to the hospital. This feature adds a further element of realism requiring paramedics to practice patient care skills under more difficult situations than those possible in a traditional, stationary classroom setting.
The Emergency Medical Education and Simulation Center also includes a human cadaver lab for training and education. Medic’s Medical Director can use this lab to further increase paramedics’ knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. This type of lab is very unique and educational, and typically a lab as comprehensive as this would only be available in medical school.