Robotic dummy aides in joint service training

Maj. David Noawk, 932nd Medical Squadron, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), observes, as Maj. John Byrd, 932nd MDS, CRNA, checks the pulse of an "iStan", simulated patient admitted for severe burns covering 75 percent of the his body, while Master Sgt. Dustin Crass, 932nd MDS, cardiopulmonary technician, delivers cardio pulmonary resuscitation to the patient, and Maj. Michelle Lambert, 932nd MDS, critical care air transport nurse, administers intravenous fluids during a joint service medical training exercise at Scott Air Force Base, June 20, 2014. The iStan simulator, which was borrowed from the 375th Medical Group, has human physiology designed for a more realistic feel and allows for the physical assessment of various clinical signs such as heart, breath, palpable pulses, chest excursion, airway patency, as well as being able to blink with pupils that dilate, and talk. During this exercise real and simulated patients will be administratively, medically, and physically processed from the point of injury or illness through the Expeditionary Medical Support (EMEDS), Combat Support Hospital (CSH), and En-Route Patient Staging System (ERPSS) facilities. During the training period various contingencies will occur in order to fulfill medical readiness training and exercise requirements. Training will include scenarios to incorporate mass casualty, natural disaster, disease containment, and chemical, biologic, radiologic, nuclear, and explosive threats. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Amber Hodges)

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