Simulaids to develop new PDA-driven STAT Simulator for life-saving scenarios

Woodstock 23 July 2002Simulaids Inc., a developer and manufacturer of training aids for emergency, medical, and rescue personnel, is introducing a new electronic "STAT Simulator". This is the first truly portable computer-driven scenario training unit, and is the latest in the Advanced Life Support category and a significant advance in manikin design. The life-size "body" features an internal pneumatic system, heart and lung sounds, IBP and NIBP, compression and ventilation sensors, drug entry, and a Personal Data Assistant (PDA).

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"This new product is a significant step forward in Simulaids retaining its leadership position in the evolving industry for manikin design, and demonstrates that we continue to revolutionise functionality with this cutting-edge offering", stated Jack McNeff, Vice President of Business Operations for Simulaids. "With the higher profile of rescue work since September 11, 2001, our customers have placed increased emphasis on having more high-tech and life-like training aids, and we continue to respond to that demand. Additionally, our industry-leading, cost-effective technology allows us to fulfil our stated mission of developing realistic training equipment to better prepare professionals who help save lives."

This PDA STAT breathes on its own utilising its unique interior compressor. This system eliminates the need for an external electronic compressor, or a manual one, such as a bulb for squeezing or a foot pump. Features controlled by the pneumatic system include breathing, pneumothorax, laryngospasm, tongue swelling, and twelve pulse points which are synchronised with the ECG and allow the strength to be controlled by the trainer.

Students training on this more lifelike figure will benefit from their instructors performing more unlimited drills with the menu-driven PDA. The PDA is a handheld keypad for controlling manikin operation, and offers advantages over a notebook computer of being smaller and less expensive, while having a longer battery life. The heart sounds are located at four sites and synchronised with the ECG. The lung sounds are located at six anterior and four posterior sites, with the rate controlled by the trainer. Both have adjustable volumes.

The IBP waveform can be viewed by connecting a cable to an invasive blood pressure monitor, while the NIPB arm produces Korotkoff sounds. Both are synchronised with the ECG. The compression sensor measures the depth of a compression and generates a carotid pulse in response. The ventilation sensor measures rate and volume. The model also features a virtual pulse oximeter, a virtual capnometer, and drug entry algorithms based upon American Heart Association protocols. These algorithms allow the teacher to select the most commonly used drugs and dosages from a menu, and determine the physiological response.

Once a training scenario has been completed, the PDA programming will allow the instructor to download the exercise to a personal computer. Review of the event by the instructor and the student will conclude the full feature training exercise. This new manikin is the next generation of Simulaids' "STAT" manikin introduced last year, which features joints with near-human range of motion, as well as a rib cage motion which mimics life-like respirations and multiple pulse points that demonstrate blood pressure variations.

The fully upgradeable 5-foot, 10-inch "body" features accurate human anatomy, and allows training in skill areas such as pulses, CPR, multiple injection sites, advanced IV arm, intubation, 4-lead monitoring, and chest tubes. Challenges include 12 advanced pulse points, oral and naso-intubation, tongue swells, laryngospasm, cricothyrotomy, bilateral chest tube placement with simulated fluid discharge, bilateral pnuemothorax reduction, stomach distention, IV arm therapy, defibrillation, and arrhythmia training.

Simulaids Inc., a subsidiary of The Aristotle Corporation, designs, manufactures and markets health and medical education teaching aids, such as computerised manikins and simulation kits, used for training in CPR, emergency rescue, and patient care by institutions such as fire departments, medical schools, paramedics, and physicians.


Leslie Versweyveld

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