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STARS News Release

STARS human patient simulator program underway in Saskatchewan

May 1, 2014

Regina, SK, May 1, 2014 – Human patient simulators are making their way across the province as part of STARS air ambulance’s new Saskatchewan Mobile Education Program (MEU).

The Mobile Education Program in Saskatchewan was established to improve critical care for patients in rural communities. Together, rural health care providers and STARS train to approach critical care as a team, making the chain of survival response to missions more efficient.

The MEU, a specially-equipped motorhome, is set up similar to an emergency room and operates a human patient simulator that resembles a computerized mannequin. Controlled by a STARS staff member, the patient can breathe, bleed, speak and accurately mirror human responses to medical care, including CPR, intravenous medication and intubation.

The mannequin can run a number of life-like scenarios that mimic situations with critically ill and injured patients. When not being used in the MEU, the mannequin can be used in a variety of environments including hospital emergency rooms, classrooms and mock accident scenes.

This fully funded program is free to rural emergency care providers. Due to its complete versatility, STARS is able to bring training to health care workers who may be faced with barriers of distance and the inability to leave the community at regular intervals to train.

STARS staff receives special training to operate the MEU, including how to create medical scenarios, how to operate the simulator and facilitating a post-exercise debrief.

Inside the MEU, there is a control room equipped with a computer and four viewing monitors. The monitors are able to follow the participants’ actions, display diagnostic tests and vital signs for the scenario being played out and help the operator control the mannequin’s reactions. There is also a viewing screen for observers of the simulation exercise.

A maximum of five people can participate in a simulation exercise. An additional five can observe the exercise on the viewing screen, in a separate area of the MEU. On an average visit to a community, the simulator will conduct up to 10 exercises.

For Media Inquiries contact:
Bonnie Monteith
Communications Lead, STARS Saskatchewan
P. 306-565-8000
E. mediainfo@stars.ca