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Laerdal Medical unveils new wireless patient simulator

Laerdal Medical : 02 June, 2008  (New Product)
Laerdal Medical has introduced the SimMan 3G - a next generation of patient simulator.
Completely wireless and self contained with a new revolutionary operating system for unparalleled ease of use, the SimMan 3G is capable of attaining new levels of realism within the medical training environment. “It is a brilliant use of technology combined with lateral thinking to provide an experience that is second to none in simulation”, said Gareth Moran, clinical skills facilitator and peri-operative lecturer at Edge Hill University. “The portability and adaptability of SimMan 3G allows the university to integrate simulation to a greater extent for the training of paramedics, nurses and A and E Departments.”

A leader in the field of simulation with a long held commitment to help improve patient outcomes through the development of education in simulation; Laerdal Medical currently has over 9,000 patient simulators in use by educational professionals globally.

Explaining the driving force behind the development of SimMan 3G, Pal Martin Eidsaa, global product manager said, “When we sat down at the drawing board three years ago, we understood that wireless technology could take simulation training into a new era. It became our overriding vision to apply this technology and create a patient simulator with new mobile opportunities, to enable students to learn and practise their skills in new environments.”

Using SimMan 3G to its full potential, one can commence a medical scenario at the point of injury in a remote location, continuously run the scenario through the challenges of patient transportation and then conclude treatment in the hospital environment. At the forefront of medical simulation, Guillaume Alinier, National and University Teaching Fellow at the Hertfordshire Intensive Care and Emergency Simulation Centre, said, “The arrival of SimMan 3G is fantastic news. With our experience of regularly running multi-professional scenarios replicating the complete patient care pathway, I can see that the transportability and flexibility of the new SimMan will offer further training opportunities.”

While interest in simulation as an important educational tool in medical training continues to gather momentum, so too does the need for a patient simulator that is more accessible in terms of ease of use.

Talking about the versatility of SimMan 3G, Pal Martin continued, “Another dimension to this project was the ability to create a patient simulator that would be easy to use for those new to simulation training while at the same time be adaptable for the more experienced simulation instructor to apply his or her own experiences to a scenario.”

The development of such a flexible operating system, Pal Martin conceded, was a challenge but the resulting solution is highly innovative and was met with widespread approval at a Simulation User Network meeting at Cardiff University in February 2008. A three tiered system, SimMan 3G can be run entirely automatically with a comprehensive offering of pre-programmed scenarios, trainers can write their own scenarios, and an On the Fly’ mode enables trainers to interject and digress scenarios at opportune moments for optimal learning

Designed to cope with the most challenging of environments, SimMan 3G is a robust, rugged and reliable patient simulator. Speaking at the Cardiff University meeting about how simulation is used to train military health professionals deployed to hostile or war-torn environments, Lt Col Tim Davies from the Army Medical Training Centre in York said, “We use scenario-based training to give individuals the opportunity to work in conditions that they have never experienced before, and to help convert them from a peace time way of thinking to a mind-set necessary for military deployment. The introduction of SimMan 3G perfectly suits our objectives in this respect.”

In recognition of the need for comprehensive and meaningful feedback (crucial to all effective simulation programmes), Laerdal’s Advanced Video System is compatible with SimMan 3G. Utilising new lifelike patient simulator clinical features, every detail of how students deal with multiple complications can now be analysed, audio visually recorded and played back for effective and productive debriefing. Commenting on the realism of SimMan 3G, Guillaume Alinier continued, “The newly added features such as the tremors, secretions and pupillary responses to light will allow us to create a broader range of scenarios, while also making them more authentic.”

Instructor training courses are available to get scenarios up and running quickly, while Laerdal’s range of technical services look after the practical aspects of installing and maintaining equipment.

In summary, Pal Martin concluded, “We are very excited about the launch of SimMan 3G and the interest that has been created since the Cardiff University meeting. We are delighted to be introducing SimMan 3G to our portfolio of patient simulators.”

SimMan 3G will be available to order from Laerdal Medical from July 2008.
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