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Unique Rural Training comes to Big Sandy Medical Center


March 21, 2018

What a wonderful opportunity for the EMT team and Big Sandy Medical personnel. The MobileSim Montana Project was in Big Sandy. They love education and gizmo's and gadgets. Simulation in Motion represent over a million dollars in gear and equipment per truck lab. The Leona M. And Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust completely funded the first year of the project for three labs at the cost of 4.6 million. It will be funded at 66% the second year, at 33% the third year and after that it needs to be completely self -funded. It's a not for profit organization whose mission is all about bringing educational programs to rural Montana for healthcare workers. The mission of this corporation is to provide and facilitate a variety of educational and other workforce related activities that support increased educational opportunities, health care provider competence and a team approach to delivery of health care.

High definition simulation manikins in front of the truck simulates an emergency room, the back of the truck simulates an ambulance. The manikins are highly computerized, state of the art training tools that talk, breath, have heartbeats, and can react to medications and other actions of the learners. They can live or die and can be reviewed over and over again. The manikin, was a large male, over 6 foot with a large build. His nickname was Phil. He has broad shoulders and barely fit on the gurney. He has 44 different scenarios already built into him, but could be customize by programing it to practice any situation. He responds how we would if we were being treated. The computer lets the health care workers know how the manikin is doing. Each rural hospital makes the decision on what they will be learning. The woman manikin can actually give birth with a wide variety of complications if that is what the rural facility wanted to practice. Big Sandy Medical center chose to practice trauma stimulations and cardiac arrest. The objective is to practice on a very sick patient that rural hospitals seldom see.

Best practice of Havre has a contract to complete rural training for the next three years. He has 25 years of medical training.

Those practicing on the manikins could not believe how realistic they were to practice on. EMT, Heather Pleninger said, "We were able to analyze the quality of the CPR being performed. We could see the breaths and find all the pulses. We could even practice what to do with a collapsed lung."


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