Wichita-based EagleMed has created a mobile air medical education unit for advanced training of its clinical practitioners, the critical care medical transport company said Monday.
The unit, based inside a 24-foot trailer, simulates operations inside the company’s helicopters and airplanes.
It replicates the interior medical environment of EagleMed’s 20 airplanes and 14 air medical helicopters.
The training platform, which was custom built, uses computer-controlled patient simulators from CAE and Gaumard Scientific to replicate human health systems and life functions, the company said.
The patient simulators, which were a $250,000 investment, respond like real people, EagleMed said.
“They breathe, have pulses, heartbeats and produce vital signs,” the company said. They also replicate blood pressures.
Through computer manipulation, trainers can replicate any type of medical emergency for crew education, it said.
“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,” Jeff Prilliman, EagleMed’s education manager, said in a statement.
Clinical crew members are required to complete five to six hours of equipment training and skills updates a year to refresh their medical treatment competencies, the company said. The traveling education unit will visit EagleMed’s more than 30 facilities each year.