The University of Nebraska Medical Center launched four Simulation-In-Motion Nebraska trucks Wednesday morning in Omaha. The 44-foot long customized trucks will travel the state and provide free training to rural emergency medical service agencies and hospitals. About 80 percent of emergency medical services personnel are volunteers and normally have to travel to stay current on their skills.
UNMC Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold says it is extremely important that these medical providers know what to do in rural locations of our state. Dr. Gold says, “When the first life is saved, when the first child that would have had long-standing or life-long disability is prevented from having that, when somebody falls or gets injured in an agricultural or ranching setting, gets access to world-class health care that he or she would not have had previously, we’re changing the world one day, one incident, one phone call at a time. So this is really magical.”
The trucks feature slide out room extensions, a simulated emergency room and an ambulance and computerized mannequins that talk, breathe, have heartbeats and react to medications and other actions. Each unit is outfitted with supplies to recreate a realistic environment and can be programed for medical and trauma scenarios.
The trucks will be stationed in Norfolk, Lincoln, Kearney and Scottsbluff. The trucks and staff will travel and provide training in their regions.