Austin-Travis County EMS unveils new training simulator

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by ANDREW CHUNG / KVUE News

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Andrew Chung

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 12:57 PM

AUSTIN -- It’s a valuable tool for those wanting to become paramedics!

On Wednesday, Austin-Travis County EMS introduced its new ambulance simulator at its training facility in Southeast Austin.

Inside this simulator, EMS cadets can practice working on mannequins – just as if they were transporting a real-life victim to the hospital.

These mannequins, as well as the simulator, will give the trainees feedback so they can see what they’re doing. With the new simulator cadets can film practice sessions to improve their training.

“It gives the opportunity for our personnel to come in and get lots and lots and lots of practice in the environment where they actually do their work,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, chief of emergency medical services for Austin-Travis County EMS.

This simulator eliminates the need to pull a real ambulance out of the fleet – when that unit is needed for calls.

 “We’re real excited about this new thing. It’s gonna add to our learning capacity, and it’s gonna add also new features for even the fire department and police department, as you know, we work together a  lot out in the field. So this gives us the opportunity to actually work together inside an ambulance as cadets - long before we actually get on the streets and do the real work,” explained Rodriguez.

 

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