Mobile medical truck brings life-saving training to Kearney

Mobile medical truck brings life-saving training to Kearney. (NTV News)

Life-saving training through high-tech simulation on wheels - it's a first for Nebraska.

Friday through Sunday, emergency medical responders, technicians and paramedics will be continuing their education at the 38th annual Nebraska Statewide EMS Conference .

They’ll be attending classes on trauma and medical emergencies, pediatrics classes, and even taking courses related to the heat we’ve been experiencing.

Leading the classes are national experts with cutting-edge information to keep Nebraska on top of the latest in emergency medical care.

“It’s huge for the communities, especially for the rural areas. EMTs and responders in the rural areas don’t get to see a certain amount of cases every year, so this lets them get refreshed on their initial training so they are prepared when they see that unusual case back in their home town,” Bruce Beins, vice chair of the Nebraska Statewide EMS Conference Committee, said.

While some paid professionals participated, organizers said a majority of the people at the conference were volunteer first responders who are using vacation days to get education they can take back to their communities.

300 emergency medical responders attended the conference at the Younes Center. They also got to use the brand-new, million-dollar Simulation-in-Motion Nebraska trucks, and put their skills to the test.

The simulation training program was launched by the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

The four trucks will be stationed across the state in Kearney, Scottsbluff, Lincoln and Norfolk.

They will go out to rural communities and provide free training for hospitals and EMS agencies.

The technology inside includes mannequins that talk, have a pulse, breath, and even react to motion.

"Those mannequins are very expensive and the only place you generally see this is medical schools or nursing schools," said Beings. "So, to be able to bring them out to the rural area is vital. And, they're getting a hands-on type training. It's not like sitting in a classroom, you're actually working on a patient and so it's very good training."

Real ER and ambulance equipment and a control room are also included, where operators stage an emergency scenario and are able to watch how professionals respond.

A UNMC representative said Nebraska has never had mobile medical training on this level.

"A critical patient that we would deal with in real life, you don't get a second chance to learn on that patient, and some of them are incredibly rare cases that we go out and deal with," said Brian Monoghan, program manager of Simulation-in-Motion Nebraska. "So to be able to practice some of those high criticality but low frequency skills, on a mannequin, and do them over and over and over makes it so much easier when it comes to treating a patient in a real situation."

Some of this technology is already in place in a few facilities across the state, but UNMC says having this technology on wheels will be a big benefit for rural communities that don't already have access.

For more on Simulation In Motion- Nebraska, click here.

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