Magazine article National Defense

"Human" Patient Has Been around Medical Block

Magazine article National Defense

"Human" Patient Has Been around Medical Block

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In the medical training community, Stan has been made his rounds. From an obstructed airway to cardiac arrest to hands-on training for anesthesiologists, he has allowed countless students and medical technicians to practice treatment for his ills.

Stan could be forgiven if he was a little tired of being an educational guinea pig. But he couldn't care less. He's a computer.

Stan, otherwise known as a human patient simulator, is the mannequin many lifeguards remember from CPR class juiced up with actual vital signs: a heartbeat, a pulse, and gas tanks in his chest that duplicate a respiratory system. There is even microphone in his throat, so that Stan can "speak."

The simulator was introduced as a commercial product three years ago by a consortium of government agencies, defense contractors, and educational institutions. The Training & Simulation Technology Consortium, Orlando, Florida, displayed Stan at a recent technology applications exhibit on Capitol Hill sponsored by the National Training Systems Association, Arlington, Virginia.

"Based on what you do, the simulator will react differently because of its physiological conditions, just like a real person would. It does everything a human does," said Ray Shuford, vice president of Medical Education Technologies Inc. (METI), Sarasota, Florida, a diagnostic and training equipment manufacturer that created Stan.

The simulator was originally produced for medical students and other health care professionals, but a similar version should be ready for military training within the next couple of years. The consortium, based in the growing simulaThe war game was comprised of three scenarios: combat within a high-rise financial district, fighting inside a large subway system, and countering enemy mobile strike teams.

The wargame "described what a commander would be faced with in extricating an enemy in an urban environment," said Fred Jones, ADPA/NSIA expeditionary warfare committee director. It alerted industry about the type of technology devices available or in development that would help in a situation like that. It was an opportunity to see that there are avenues to present that equipment to the government through the procurement process. …

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