The WMD EMS staff at TEEX recently welcomed a new addition to their instructional team. The latest version of “Charlie,” the Human Patient Simulator (HPS), and his pediatric counterpart will soon be incorporated into the WMD EMS instructional program. The addition of 5 new simulators, as well as an upgrade to the three existing units, will provide TEEX with the ability to conduct up to six classes weekly, while still maintaining reserve for shipping and routine maintenance.
Incorporating the latest in technology, the “new” Charlies provide students and instructional staff with the ability to interact with:
- A new, more robust operating system.
- A new adult torso.
- Trauma modules that allow for bleeding wounds.
- Operating modules that now allow for tearing and oral secretions.
In an effort to assist in conversion of knowledge from existing units to the new models, TEEX WMD EMS staff attended a training session at Brayton Fire Field, which was led by John Hardcastle, an engineer from METI. During the training session, staff members were oriented to the manner in which the new units were set-up, operated, and had opportunity to practice use of the units.
Based around the core concept of competency-based, “hands-on” training, and funded through a grant with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Domestic Preparedness, the new simulators will provide students with an enhanced representation of patients generated primarily by chemical agents and explosive agents. Use of simulation has provided students with a tangible link between didactic and skills components of the class. The HPS allows students better to define and link “relatively abstract” discussions of patient condition and presentations with a reasonable presentation of exposure to various chemical and biological agents.
Utilizing military and scientific literature, the staff at TEEX has developed a wide number of computer-generated patient presentations representing agents included in the BNICE acronym. The addition of the new units and the increased level of technology will provide TEEX staff the opportunity to continue their non-stop pace of training jurisdictional first responders throughout the United States and the U.S. territories.
Acquisition of the pediatric simulators will bring a new dimension to the training, and will provide jurisdictional responders with the opportunity to request a one-day pediatric module that will allow training and education for pediatric WMD events.
In addition to training for full-time staff, adjuncts working within the WMD EMS Program had the opportunity to become familiar with the units during their update training in August 2002.