New Medical Mannequins Enhance Realistic, Rugged Training
by U.S. Army Sgt. Arjenis Nunez
January 14, 2020
The U.S. Army Medical Board (USAMEDDBD) conducted a customer test
of upgrades to two Medical Simulation Mannequins at the Fort Stewart
Medical Simulation Training Center, Sept. 10-12, on Fort Stewart,
Two types of mannequins have been fielded to 21 Army
Medical Simulation Training Centers and 77 training support centers
to enhance the war fighter’s trauma intervention capability across
the U.S. Army and to assess their functionality and usability in
support of the medical mission.
“This evaluation helps our
staff assess whether the simulation mannequins are operationally
suitable and rugged enough to be handled by combat life savers,
combat medic specialists, physician assistants, and more, while
training for casualty trauma intervention,” said Col. Roberto E.
Marin, branch chief for material systems operational test and
The Medical Simulation Mannequins are designed
to replicate the entirety of an adult human in both male and newly
added female forms.
September 10, 2019 -
Soldiers from across the 3rd Infantry Division prepare a
simulated casualty for extraction, by placing a tourniquet
on its upper right leg during a Medical Simulation Mannequin
customer test for the recently upgraded mannequins at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The purpose of this event is to assess the functionality and usability of medical simulation mannequins in support of the Soldier mission in and out of an operational environment. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Arjenis Nunez)
The material developers for the mannequins acquired feedback that
indicated older models had sensor issues and weren’t rugged enough
for the type of training Army medical professionals needed to
prepare for real world situations, Marin said. He said there was
also a need to have an anatomically correct female mannequin to
prevent any hesitation on the battlefield when treating and
evacuating female casualties.
“This is the first time we are
testing the female mannequins,” Marin said.
With FSGA as the
chosen location to conduct the customer test, combat medics, combat
life savers, physician’s assistants, and two surgeons from 1st
Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, and
3rd Sustainment Brigade were selected to participate.
lanes were developed to assess care under fire, buddy-drag for 50
meters, tactical field care and tactical evacuation.
type of testing and evaluation will provide data through a report to
the Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and
Instrumentation Joint Project Manager to continue improving the
simulation mannequins,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Goldie Cooper,
a U.S. Army Medical Department Board test officer.
goal is to ensure we have the best training aids for our Army
medical specialists across the board so that they can continue
saving lives on the battlefield,” Cooper said.
transparency, efficiency and cooperation were key elements to a
successful testing, according to Master Sgt. Benjamin Coburn,
USAMEDDBD non-commissioned officer in charge of the evaluation.
“When it came to the Soldiers being evaluated, I looked for
engagement,” Coburn said. “Were they actually placing their hands on
the right things?”
He said he also looked for a sense of
motivation from the Soldiers when it came to casualty rescue and
The Army warfighter depends on Soldiers
being fit to fight, and senior Army medical leaders continue to
explore different ways to enhance lifesaving capabilities.
“As a member of the Army Medical Department, we have an obligation
to save lives,” said Maj. Gen. Patrick Sargent, commander of The
Medical Center of Excellence, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam
Houston. “We are working toward zero preventable deaths, but as
leaders it is our responsibility to give Soldiers the necessary
resources and training to execute the given mission.”
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