Scalpels, Sutures, Mannequins?
The next generation of military medical training
Across the military, Sailors are taught to "train like you fight, fight like you train." At Naval Medical Center San Diego, this has never been more true.
The state of the art Bioskills and Simulation Center trains over 10,000 of military medical personnel across all branches of the military each year.
On the simulation side, high-fidelity simulation mannequins can portray several medical situations, from respiratory issues to organ failure, internal bleeding to amputations.
"They [the mannequins] can simulate breathing, heartrate, pupils," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Brian Meyer, the assistant leading petty officer of the Bioskills Simulation Center. "We also have virtual simulators, used mostly by surgeons and surgical residents, where they are able practice all sorts of laparoscopic surgeries."
Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery or MIS, bandaid surgery, or keyhole surgery, is an amazing modern surgical technique where surgeons preform operations far from their location through small incisions that are usually 2/10 of inch or less elsewhere in the body. Hysterectomies, removal of ovarian cysts, abdominal surgeries and gastric bypass are just a few types of laparoscopic surgery.
These surgeries are practiced at the simulated procedure station, where doctors can practice different types of surgeries. Medical teams can also improve their skills in simulated operating rooms. This helps these teams bond and strengthen to become a more cohesive operating team.