CAE Healthcare Announces Exclusive Distributor Agreement for Strategic Operations Cut Suit

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This month CAE Healthcare announced the exclusive distribution of the Strategic Operations Cut Suit. Congratulations to everyone involved with this new partnership which will allow first responders and physicians to practice performing surgical and emergency procedures on patients with simulated traumatic, life-threatening injuries. With international reach and a massive sales team, CAE Healthcare will help to ensure the Cut Suit gains the demonstration presence it deserves in front of front line responders.

Press Release Excerpt:

Based in San Diego, USA, STOPS simulates medical response field scenarios through the “magic of Hollywood,” with hyper-realistic training environments that include special effects, role players and simulated wounds. STOPS has developed a line of medical products that can be worn by actors or Standardized Patients (SPs) to allow real-time interaction with a trauma patient. The Surgical Cut Suit and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)/EMS Cut Suit vest can also be zipped around a manikin to add realism to a scenario.


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“Strategic Operations has created a spectacular line of simulation products that complement our portfolio and can be used in conjunction with Standardized Patients and our patient simulators to add versatility to trauma training scenarios,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, President of CAE Healthcare. “Like CAE Healthcare, Strategic Operations has employed subject matter and clinical experts to create training tools for emergency medical scenarios that are common but impossible to practice on live patients with the shared goal of saving more lives.”

“We are pleased to be part of the CAE Healthcare extensive portfolio of training solutions,” STOPS Executive Vice President Kit Lavell said. “Our products are very complementary and I believe the market will respond enthusiastically to this new synergy.” The TCCC/EMS Cut Suit was developed for treating the three primary causes of death on the battlefield: hemorrhage, airway compromise and tension pneumothorax. The Surgical Cut Suit allows practice on a patient with severe internal bleeding or organ damage from point-of-injury through transport and surgical intervention.

We have previously reported about the Cut Suit from Strategic Operations while visiting Nellis Air Force Base back in 2011. Click here to read our full story.


The Cuit Suit From 2011

Read the Strategic Operations for more on the Cut Suit  and visit Strategic Operations for more on the Cut Suit


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New K9 Simulator From ITTS to be Showcased at EMSWorld

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THE IMAGE ABOVE IS A SIMULATOR AND NOT REAL!

While browsing products on the EMSWorld.com website, I came across a new trauma simulator I had never seen before — probably because it is brand new! The innovative folks at Innovative Tactical Technology Solutions (ITTS) have done it again with a new K9 Simulator to help police departments, military squads, or veterinary simulation champions to drill for K9 trauma simulations. I would also recommend EMS training programs consider investment in this learning tool. You may remember that I interviewed ITTS on camera a few years back to learn more about their TOM Manikin, which stands for Tactical Operations Medical Manikin — a product designed by TSgt. Keary Miller, a retired Air Force PJ (Pararescue man) who won the Silver Star for his bravery at the Battle of Takur Ghar in Afghanistan. Watch my interview below to or read the article on TOM Man here. Clearly ITTS knows how to create realistic learning manikins for austere environments.

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Magnum Services Provides Realistic Additions to Military and Casualty Simulations

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Looking for Trauma Simulation Services in the US or UK? Magnum Services adds realism to Casualty Simulation (CAS SIM) training through professional amputee actors and makeup specialists. Their actors have many years of experience including being featured in film and television. By utilizing the unique combination of realistic prosthetics and expert CAS SIM effects, Magnum Services role players expertly and appropriately use their skills, experiences and simulated injuries to mimic the emotions and actions of a casualty, resulting in realistic and very definitive clinical training delivery!

Magnum Services Provides:

Moulage Makeup: We use professional, trained makeup artists who have years of experience. All our makeup is used in films and TV and is the same they use in Hollywood. It is washable so it doesn’t stain uniforms and can wash off the skin easily.

Simulation: We specialize in providing realistic military and medical training through high quality casualty simulation using trained and professional makeup artistes as well as skilled and experienced amputee actors.

Actors: All of our actors are skilled and trained in a variety of scenarios from the ‘unseen’ injuries to the traumatic amputation. They are skilled in performing both physical and emotional symptoms for each role presented.

Experience: The directors of the company have combined over 10 years of experience working with the British armed forces as well as with the German and American forces on tri-service exercises in Germany. We have also worked with emergency services over the years

Casualty Simulation Specialists:

Our capabilities of Casualty Simulation (Cas Sim) effects range from the un-obvious and not visible to the physical and traumatic injuries such as:

  • Primary health care simulation – rashes, blisters, bites and shock
  • Closed/healing wounds including lacerations, bruising and scarring Infected and necrotic wounds
  • Head and facial injuries, including avulsions and abrasions Fractures, both open and closed
  • Amputations, partial and full
  • Catastrophic hemorrhaging
  • Perineal and pelvic injuries
  • Abdominal and chest injuries; including sucking chest wounds (pneumothorax) and eviscerations
  • Blunt trauma, de-gloving injuries and entrapment injuries
  • Ballistic injuries, such as; gunshot wounds, blast injuries, fragmentation wounds and large cavity wounds
  • Burns (1st, 2nd & 3rd degree) superficial, partial and full thickness
  • Bioterrorism, such as; Chemical, Biological, radiation and nuclear (CBRN) and other toxins and plagues

Learn more about these Simulation Training Services at the Magnum Services Website!


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Examples of How the U.S. Military Trains with Medical Simulation

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Today, two news stories on how the US military is utilizing simulation to train for and improve patient care in combat and hospital scenarios: Above, Hospital Corpsman Cameron Carter works on a life-like mannequin during a combat scenario Thursday during Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course at Naval Hospital Pensacola. The training is designed to prepare corpsman for dealing with trauma in the battlefield. (Photo: Ben Twingley). Watch a video recap of this Pensacola News Journal article at “$67K life-like mannequins provide medical training”  by Staff Writer Marketta A. Davis.

Click to watch the video here.Below, Robert DiBiase Jr., Simulation Curriculum Program Coordinator/Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) has posted on his LinkedIn wall this reflection by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Gray, an independent duty medical technician, as she discusses the intense training she received at the CSTARS program at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The C-STARS program helps the Air Force train and maintain the highest caliber of trauma medics for expeditionary duties. (Produced by Andrew Breese and Tech Sgt. Bennie Davis):

Learn more by reading the PTJ news article or by visiting the C-STARS University of Maryland School of Medicine website.

Paint and Powder Cosmetics Provides Quick Application TraumaSkin FX Sculpt Model Gel

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Looking for quick ways to apply trauma moulage in the field or simulation lab without clunky unrealistic rubber wounds?  Suzanne Patterson from MilitaryMoualge.com fame recently sent me some of her TraumaSkin FX™ Silicone Sculpt and Model Gel. Within 5 minutes I had a realistic wound even with my minimal moulage training experience! Suzanne told me she created these gels so that mass casualty or military training exercise medical training educators could quickly create realistic moulage presence “without expensive, bulky or unrealistic prosthetics”.  With heavy use by the DoD’s MSTC simulation training programs through the U.S. Army, the TraumaSkin FX product has been very much appreciated.  Suzanne also has extensive experience in the movie business, and focuses her more civilian businesses through paintandpowderstore.com.

fast trauma moulage

More about the TraumaFX Product:

This Silicone Sculpt and Model Gel is a simple two part (A and B) platinum silicone paste system that is mixed together in equal amounts by weight or volume to create a thick textured gel. No more messy liquids and dripping containers as this paste-like silicone has the texture of a firm yet soft scar wax that is easily pliable. Once mixed it’s ready to use to sculpt or model into all kinds of 3-D wound effects, scars, or any kind of disfigurements for ultra realistic looking results!

This product is so easy to use that even a beginner artist can create fantastic real-to-the-eye results for all kinds of casualty simulation effects. You don’t need any special tools or equipment to mix and apply this product, and you mix up only what you need so there is no wasting of material. Simply blend equal amounts of Part A and Part B together thoroughly (for about 45 seconds) on a non-porous palette-like surface, and then it’s ready to freehand sculpt on the palette or mold directly on skin into durable wear appliances that bend and flex, and look just like real skin!

trauma moulage gel

PaintandPowderstore.com was created in 2006 by Emmy Award Winning Makeup Artist, Suzanne Patterson, to directly serve the demand for high performing makeup and skin care products for makeup artists and actors working in the film and High Definition Television industry. Having worked heavily in HDTV for the past 8 years she is considered one of the country’s top High Definition Makeup experts, and the professional products offered through the store have been directly tested and performance approved to be HD compatible. The novice artist will find helpful product descriptions and details that are designed to be informative in furthering their product knowledge, decision buying, and application.

(The first person to comment on this post in the HealthySim LinkedIn group will receive by mail the remaining Trauma FX Moulage product sample I received!)

Learn more about the Silicone Trauma Gel at PaintandPowderstore.com and more about Suzanne at CreativeArtistryFX.com!


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Simubleed by Spectra Takes Moulage Blood to a HyperRealistic Level

Wow! Check out the next level of moulage bleeding with this new blood product “Simubleed” from Spectra!

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From the Simubleed website: “With Simubleed 1000, Spectra Group has developed an advanced blood simulant that possesses the color and viscosity of human blood and also clots in the presence of a specialty laminate similar to those used by the military personnel in the field. The gauze laminate has been especially designed to work with SimuBleed 1000 and induce clotting upon coming into contact with the gauze. Simubleed 1000 is a completely synthetic blood simulant, with NO animal or biological content. it is bio-hazard FREE, stable (unlimited shelf life), and does not require special transport or storage, which also makes it cost-efficient. “

Simubleed Properties:

  • Dark red color, which is an excellent color match for venous blood
  • Rheology and flow profile close to human blood (more viscous than water)
  • Clots quickly in the presence of the special gauze laminate (although slower, clots in presence of air as well)
  • Can flow through narrow and wide passages (as those found in Laerdal Manikins)
  • Once it dries, it becomes “flaky”, just like dried blood
  • Unlimited shelf life. No special storage or transportation required Safe and easy to clean.
  • No biological or hazardous components
  • Inexpensive “Metallic” smell (optional)
  • Brighter color to simulate arterial blood can be accommodated upon request

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What about use with Medical Simulation Manikins?

From the website: “SimuBleed 1000 has been tested on Laerdal Mannequins embedded with a bleeding simulator containing narrow and wider passages to simulate, realistically, venous and oozing bleeding. Since personnel needs to be trained to stop bleeding and conduct hemorrhage control as quickly as possible, the coagulation properties of SimuBleed 1000 allows trainees to have a real feel as to how quickly one must respond and how long it takes for a given wound to stop bleeding. Once the laminate gauze is applied to the wound, coagulation of the blood simulant begins until the bleeding stops.”

simulated blood

Have you used Simubleed? I would want to confirm that the blood does not clot WITHIN the manikin, making it tricky to restart tubes within the high fidelity systems. I have an email out to learn more about the use of the product within mankins — but kudos to Spectra for already experimenting the blood within medical simulation technology!

12/26/13 *UPDATE* A Spectra representative got back to me regarding my question: “My question is about clotting of the blood WITHIN the manikin tubes – how is this prevented, or “restarted” ? We have heard nightmares of internal arm tubes becoming useless after other blood products were left inside and coagulated — so I am just curious how far the tests went with Simubleed and the Laerdal manikin?”

“Regarding your question about the clotting within the manikin. Our simulant can exhibiting clotting in only 2 ways: One is when it comes in contact with the specialty gauze. The second one way that can induce clotting of SimuBleed is if the simulant is left on the manikin with air exposure for several days. We have left SimuBleed on our Laerdal manikin, with all the lines close, and have not observed any clotting or clogging of the lines. ”

Learn more at the Simubleed webpage!

CAE Healthcare Connects U.S. Navy to High-Fid Combat Simulator CAEsar

This exciting press release about the large distribution of Combat Simulator’s CAEsar was forwarded to me by CAE Healthcare. Learn more about the CAEsar from my video review, re-embedded below.

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CAE Healthcare sells record 44 Caesar Trauma Patient Simulators to United States Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC)

Montreal, Canada, December 11, 2013 –– CAE Healthcare announced today the record sale of 44 Caesar trauma patient simulators to the United States Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) for tactical medical care field training in sites throughout the U.S., Guam and Spain. In addition to the simulators, CAE Healthcare will provide NECC training and multi-year maintenance services.  The total contract is valued at more than $3 million.

“We believe the use of Caesar trauma patient simulators to train non-traditional medical units within the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command demonstrates a heightened awareness of the value of high-fidelity medical simulation, and how it provides a more efficient and standardized means of training for high-stakes environments,” said Michael Bernstein, president of CAE Healthcare. “CAE continues to extend its reach into the defence and security markets with simulation solutions that include not only mission training but also medical training. The U.S. NECC joins many military and disaster response organizations that have chosen CAE Healthcare’s Caesar for best-in-class training, including the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine in Budapest, Hungary and the U.S. Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama.”

The Caesar trauma patient simulators will allow NECC to provide standardized core skills training across expeditionary forces. Navy Expeditionary Combat Command serves as the single functional command for the Navy’s expeditionary forces and as central management for the readiness, resources, manning, training and equipping of those forces. Expeditionary forces are organized to accomplish specific objectives in other countries including anti-terrorism, force protection, theater security cooperation and engagement, and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief contingencies.

Developed for combat casualty care training in harsh environments, CAE Healthcare’s Caesar trauma patient simulator is rugged and resistant to extreme temperatures, rain, dirt, dust, sand and body impact. With profuse bleeding, Caesar is ideal for training non-medical responders to assess and stabilize an injured patient for transport, control hemorrhaging and practice airway management to restore breathing. The simulator also captures information about each trainee’s performance for review and assessment.

About CAE Healthcare

CAE Healthcare offers cutting-edge learning tools to healthcare students and professionals, allowing them to develop practical experience through risk-free simulation training before treating real patients. CAE Healthcare’s full spectrum of simulation solutions includes surgical and imaging simulation, curriculum, the LearningSpace audiovisual and center management platform and highly realistic adult, pediatric and baby patient simulators. Today, approximately 8,000 CAE Healthcare simulators are in use worldwide by medical schools, nursing schools, hospitals, defense forces and other entities.

Learn more about the CAEsar from my video review.

TOM Man – Tactical Operations Medical Manikin Review

Tactical Operations Medical Manikin

Techline Technologies and Innovative Tactical Technology Solutions have combined forces to bring you TOM Man, the Tactical Operations Medical Manikin. Just recently I had the opportunity to review the TOM Man in the 106 degree Las Vegas desert heat with David Parry Jr. from Techline Technologies. If you are running medical simulation for a military or trauma-based EMS/Fire Department program you need to immediately watch this TOM Man video review and learn more about one of the most rugged and affordable manikins I have ever seen:

The Tactical Operations Medical Manikin was designed by TSgt. Keary Miller, an Air Force PJ (Pararescue man) who won the Silver Star for his bravery at the Battle of Takur Ghar in Afghanistan. Although the 2002 Takur Ghar engagement has been labeled “the deadliest day of combat for an American unit since 18 Rangers and Special Operations soldiers died in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993”, Miller was able to save the lives of 10 gravely wounded men. TOM Man, therefore, was designed and built by someone with the direct experience necessary to help train others in the life saving techniques required in chaotic austere environments.

Miller approached Techline Technology, world-famous for their trauma-based moulage wounds with a prototype that was so impressive that the company immediately started developing the TOM Man. Click the link below to read more…

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Cut Suit Demo by “Strategic Operations”

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This week I was invited by Kay Nims from the Nellis Air Force Base Simulation training program to witness a demo of the Human Worn Partial Task Surgical Simulator, or CUT SUIT, by Strategic Operations.

The CUT SUIT, is a experiential immersive learning service provided by Strategic Operations wherein a medically trained acting professional wears a moulage suit over chest, torso and limbs in-order to present a live-victim engagement.  During the demonstration and with Las Vegas based Thunderbirds flying overhead, a mock IED explosion rocked the audience to attention as a soldier stumbled from behind the vehicle, simulating massive limb bleeding, blocked airway, traumatic brain injury and shock.  In all honesty, the realism of seeing a professional actor beg the paramedic to “save his leg” gave me goosebumps.

What is really unique about the CUT SUIT, is the ability of medical response teams to deal with realistic wounds on a live patient in real time.  Imagine the benefit involved with creating a realistic military or trauma scenario and actually be able to have learners make surgical cricothyroidotomy cuts into a live patient while under fire.

Check out the video highlights above and click the link below to read more about the CUT SUIT!

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Where to Purchase Trauma Wounds & Moulage

Hi Simmers! How realistic are YOUR trauma-based simulations? Realistic as this image below?

Tactical Medicine Simulated Wounds

A recent request came to me asking for more inforation about where to purchase Trauma wounds & moulage for simulation scenarios! So here’s a list of places I know about, but please feel free to email me and let me know about other resources that I can add to this list!

** Update (1/12/12): Doug Underwood from CAE-METI wrote in to remind me about their moulage kit called “METI-FX“.

Got another great resource or website? Email Lance so he can add it here!