EagleMed, the Kansas-based critical care air medical transport company, has commissioned a mobile air medical education unit (MAMEU) to simulate medical operations inside the company’s planes and helicopters, using it as an enhanced teaching aid for EagleMed’s clinical practitioners.
The trailer-based MAMEU replicates the interior medical environments of the company’s 20 air medical transport planes and 14 helicopters. The custom-built training platform leverages the use of computer-controlled dynamic patient simulators to replicate human health symptoms and life functions. The patient simulators alone represent an almost $250,000 investment, said EagleMed. The unit’s computer-controlled ‘patients’ replicate blood pressures, and through computer manipulation, the educators can replicate any type of medical emergency for very high quality crew education, said the provider.
“The Mobile Air Medical Education Unit is capable of realistically simulating nearly any air medical crew function that we provide for our patients,” said EagleMed education manager Jeff Prilliman. “We can replicate almost any clinical scenario related to emergency cardiovascular care, trauma patient care or medical emergencies in a real-life setting inside our aircraft.” Prilliman added: “It requires a different skill-set to be able to perform many tasks inside of an aircraft, and this one-of-a kind unit provides invaluable training.”
The 24-ft (seven-metre) trailer has a fixed-wing section and a rotor-wing section, which simulate medical crew interior dimensions and configurations of aircraft, complete with fully functional medical equipment and medications. The travelling education facility will visit EagleMed’s more than 30 nationwide facilities in the course of a year.