Buena Vista Regional Medical Center recently acquired new resources for training sessions, including moulage manikins, a manikin with realistic-looking wounds. These resources will provide a greater learning opportunity for individuals during trauma and “Stop the Bleed” trainings.
The “Rescue Randy” manikins and body part moulage manikins will help simulate life-like amputation injuries, tourniquet applications, junctional wounds that require packing and injuries to the extremities, chest, abdomen, pelvis and face. The system also has a pump with four bleeding sites, allowing more individuals to train at a time.
“We are excited to use our new moulage manikins in training sessions with our staff as well as our community, helping to provide a more efficient and authentic educational experience,” says Emergency Room Medical Director, Garrett Feddersen, DO.
The added benefit of training with realistic manikins allows individuals to be more prepared in the event of an emergency. These resources will be used for BVRMC employees and area first responders, helping to spread knowledge and skills that could help save lives.
Every year, BVRMC completes multiple training sessions throughout the community for non-medical personnel, fire departments, police departments and schools. BVRMC also completes trauma education sessions for nurses, EMS and community EMS.
Previous training methods included using a beef roast in a pair of jeans to simulate a realistic traumatic wound. The new resources will improve efficiency during trainings and are fully customizable for a variety of scenarios.
The Service Area Seven Health Care Coalition under the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services secured funding for the training materials.