LAYTON, UT – In pioneering movement toward real-life emergency simulation training, the surgeons and staff at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of Utah (OMS of Utah), were some of the first in the nation to complete life-saving medical training on a full-body mannequin simulator, known as SimMan.
“Surgical centers, as opposed to large hospitals, have become a more efficient place to perform many surgical procedures like wisdom teeth removal, jaw surgeries, facial trauma, and so many other out-patient operations,” Dr. Adam McCormick, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon from OMS of Utah said. “With this shift in healthcare, we want to ensure the highest quality, most life-like emergency training for our doctors and our staff.”
As opposed to former “dummy-style” mannequins used for emergency training, SimMan is a wireless electronic, offering audible breathing and up-and-down chest movement to reveal the quality of respiration received. SimMan is also capable of creating other emergency scenarios like a locked jaw, a swollen tongue and it has the ability to speak limited phrases regarding its condition.
“A patient’s safety has always been at the forefront of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Utah operations,” Jenny Andrews, clinical director at OMS of Utah said. “The SimMan training created like-real crises right in our office—allowing our staff to react using their training, education and skills—and receive immediate feedback.”
Rick Ritt, president of Dental Simulation Specialists of Chicago, Illinois—the company that created SimMan, oversaw the training session and helped manage the SimMan scenarios.
“With this type of training, we try and make all bad things happen to show all the possibilities that can go wrong,” Ritt said. “(The SimMan) can start wheezing, his airway can swell, and he can have an airway obstruction or an allergic reaction.”
Every move on the SimMan is connected to a vital signs monitor, allowing doctors and staff to check blood pressure, body temperature, etc. There is also a camera that records everything for debriefing, and indicates ways the staff can improve their operations, equipment, supplies and procedures.