*UPDATE* This review is from 2011. CAEsar has been updated since this time but this video gives a great overview of the product from an independent source. To learn more about the Caesar trauma patient simulator, visit the CAEsar page at CAEHealthcare.com. High resolution photos of the simulator are available in our photo gallery at www.cae.com/photos.
Original Post from 6/2011:
A few weeks ago CAE’s new healthcare division provided a product demo at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. Christian, Bill and Gail demonstrated several products including CAE’s Endoscopy Surgical Simulator tower, Laparoscopy Surgical Simulator tower, Vimedix Ultrasound Simulator and CAESAR – the Trauma Patient Simulator, which is wirelessly controlled. Watch my video review of CAESAR below:
I spent some time with Bill learning more about the Caesar’s features that include:
- Realistic skin + eyes
- Massive injury bleeding
- Tunicate control system
- Pnemothorax tension relief with bilateral need decompression
- Trauma injury amputated limbs
- Airway management with cricothyrotomy ability.
- Multiple pulse points
- IV access
Keep reading the CAESAR review or watch the video above!
For more specifications download the CAESAR product brochure.
Caesar is designed to introduce high-fidelity realism to combat medics in military based environments. Everything about Caesar, therefore, is designed to take a beating.
Caesars eyes, for example, are not mechanical but rather video based screen systems. In chaotic military or trauma based first-responder simulators, dust and debris would clog mechanical moving parts. The hyper-realistic skin is probably the most “real-to-the-touch” I have ever felt on a high-fidelity manikin. The texture and look was remarkable, and because the skin is synthetic, puncture wounds leave almost no visible mark. When skins are worn, you can simply order replacements.
As well, I threw the Instructor Tablet on the ground to test the claim that it would withstand the shock – and it continued to operate as if nothing happened!
Speaking about the Instructor’s tablet, selecting scenarios is painless as the user-interface is simple and easy to use. Each scenario clearly shows the objectives and provides the initial vital signs and case progression. Demo cases I saw ranged from IED trauma to gunshot wounds.
We witnessed a right side amputation scenario with a tension pnemuhorax. Caesar has a really impressive speaker system and can yell at your learners very realistically – calling for a medic, complaining of pain and screaming loudly. So much so that it is quite eerie when Caesar falls silent and unresponsive. One other interesting note worth mentioning is that if you listen closely in the video review above, you can actually hear air releasing from the lungs as the decompression needle is applied!
Caesar has an onboard physiological model built into the software and hardware of the manikin, making him completely autonomous from the instructor. While I normally prefer to have on-the-fly control over manikins, we have to consider Caesar’s niche market in chaotic military or traumatic injury simulations. With a manikin in a helicopter, car wreck, or cliff ledge having pre-configured scenarios makes a lot of sense. And of course, Caesar does maintain constant contact with the instructor tablet providing an ongoing log file of actions taken.
The hemorrhage system features pressure sensors throughout the limbs, so that as tunicates are applied properly, bleeding stops. If tunicates come loose, the bleeding will start again – logging all of that information on the instructor’s tablet. One neat thing to note is that you can custom order your Caesar with specific limbs to better match your exact training requirements.
Overall I was really impressed with CAE’s CAESAR, and so if you are primarily running any military or first responder based simulations that are trauma based – you should definitely contact Christian Radowski and visit CAE’s website to learn more!
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