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    NMCSD Conducts Pilot Study for Simulated Surgery

    Staff Conduct Simulation Training

    Photo By Seaman Luke Cunningham | 200115-N-LW757-1001 SAN DIEGO (Jan. 15, 2019) Tablets attached to an integrated...... read more read more



    Story by Seaman Luke Cunningham 

    Naval Medical Center San Diego

    SAN DIEGO – Medical staff assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) participated in an Advanced Module Mannequin (AMM) study at the hospital Jan. 13 through Jan. 17.
    The study, offered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), funded by the Department of Defense, and in coordination by the University of Washington and the University of Minnesota, tests a new platform for simulated surgery, injury and patient assessment. The new platform and training mannequin allows for the exchange of different limbs or parts depending on the injury or procedure.
    Currently, NMCSD uses injury-specific task-trainer mannequins for training staff in a simulated trauma environment. The new platform and integrated mannequins allow for a modular design, cutting down on the amount of mannequins needed.
    “Theoretically, the ACS and AMM aim to create a completely integrated training mannequin,” said Daniel McConnell, a training specialist assigned to NMCSD’s bio-skills training and simulation center. “The hope to get to a point where one training mannequin is all that’s needed, and those who run training scenarios can adjust the mannequin according to whichever scenario they’re trying to mimic.”
    The new platform would also allow staff to perform surgery on a mannequin itself, and have it react in real time to the procedure, giving simulated vital signs in response to the surgeon’s input.
    Simulated surgery used to take place using a participant-worn cut suit, a backpack-like device worn on the front of a simulated patient, mimicking the human anatomy that surgeons could cut into, simulating an operation. While this took place, training staff would relay information about the patient's vitals. The new system allows the surgeon to operate directly on a mannequin, and have its vitals react in real time.
    The Department of Defense is looking for new ways for surgical and trauma teams to maintain their skills outside of the operating room in order to better take care of operational forces overseas. The AMM model allows that practice to take place outside of patient care.
    NMCSD is the pilot location to demonstrate the AMM platform, as well as recruit participants to perform the study. The participants take surveys and offer feedback for modifications to be made. The study is part of a pipeline for the AMM to offer improvements for the platform over time.
    “It’s a high profile study,” said Capt. Gordon Wisbach, NMCSD’s surgical director for the bio-skills training and simulation center. “It’s hard to appreciate it when you view the study within this isolated capacity, but as time goes on, data gets released and we start talking about the next steps. This is a great accomplishment for NMCSD.”
    Wisbach mentioned that the study at NMCSD also held a secondary role; getting different departments to come together and work as a team.
    “We’re getting together,” said Wisbach. “That was the other part that got me charged up and I saw this as a catalyst to unite departments.”
    NMCSD has long been a pivotal sight of innovation, as well as research and development for new technology in the field of military medicine.
    NMCSD’s mission is to prepare service members to deploy in support of operational forces, deliver high quality healthcare services and shape the future of military medicine through education, training, and research. NMCSD employs more than 6,000 active duty military personnel, civilians, and contractors in Southern California to provide patients with world-class care anytime, anywhere.
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    Date Taken: 01.21.2020
    Date Posted: 01.23.2020 16:53
    Story ID: 360063
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 

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