New military trauma simulation technology unveiled at "Calamityville"

Wright State University's National Center for Medical Readiness unveiled military trauma simulation technology that combines live and computer-simulated experiences during a March 27 training session for the Kentucky Air National Guard.


Also known as Calamityville, the university's facility uses 52 acres for collaborative training and research for civilian and military groups, Emergency Management reports.


The training center features a meeting room with computer monitors that track the pulse and respiratory rate of mannequins rescued and treated by the Kentucky Air National Guard during training exercises. If the para-rescue team failed, the victims die on the computer screen, according to Emergency Management.


Senior Director of U.S. Air Force programs for Cubic Defense Applications John Jannazo said that if tracking victim information on computers during training means emergency workers respond better to real disasters, then the exercise is worth it, Emergency Management reports.


"We're adding coaching right into the event," Jannazo said, according to Emergency Management.


At the end of each simulated exercise, para-rescuers objectively weigh their performance using the information tracked by the computer and strategically placed cameras, microphones and other equipment.


"They can see what they're doing well, and what they're doing badly," Kristen Barrera, the government liaison for the 711th Human Performance Wing, said, Emergency Management reports. "You can also go back and watch your actions. They didn't have that before."