The American military is the largest in the world. The Department of Defense (DoD) must train medical professionals and soldiers in caring for trauma patients in critical situations.
For the DoD, there were several flaws in emergency care that came to the forefront during critical situations, especially with respect to trauma care and survivability for soldiers.
In order to use the data to enhance outcomes, the DoD recognized the necessity to gather battle trauma data for gap and trend analysis. Long-term casualty care necessitates critical thinking. The fact that confrontations take place in increasingly insecure situations further complicates matters.
This situation demanded new equipment, training and methods of casualty treatment for military medics. The DoD was aware that something had to change. The de facto norm had been static patient simulator training that was rather insufficient.
Due to the shifting engagement realities, today’s simulators are required to have high quality, high-fidelity realistic male and female versions. They should support numerous complex scenarios and be durable enough to withstand challenging indoor and outdoor training environments.
Enters Operative Experience (OEI), an Aberdeen, MD-based simulation solution provider since 2016. Since the beginning, the firm has delivered excellence in simulator solutions to the Armed Services, Colleges, Universities, Hospitals, and first responders.
The OEI team was confident they could make drastic improvements to the existing technology. The collective experience of the leadership team in developing innovative and groundbreaking medical simulation technology was pivotal in disrupting the available simulation solutions strategies.
The focus was on the expanded scope of technology. The leadership team at OEI was aware that technological developments in other industries might fundamentally alter how simulators are developed and used.
The entire efforts by the OEI team were oriented toward creating a highly adaptable and refined technology. The final outcome had to be flexible to changes depending on the applications created and involved in the core simulator chassis.
Furthermore, the tablet-powered simulators come with the latest touchscreen software control that’s easy-to-use and a feature of the OEI simulators that’s beneficial to both students and instructors.
The simulators desired by the DoD had to be compliant with the training requirements. The OEI TCCS Pro series simulators meet and surpass all the most recent DOD training demands and specifications.
The other challenge was with respect to female survival. The DoD had found that the female casualties were fewer in many cases compared to their male counterparts. However, they suffered from a high fatality rate.
The OEI team understood the severity of the issue. The female mannequin technology used by OEI involved more than just gender-swapping a male mannequin. It was produced in accordance with the DOD’s criteria for an exact female physique.
In fact, this is the first smart female trauma care simulator that is completely instrumented and 100% anatomically accurate.
The TCCS Pro simulators are the first set of fully lifelike and anatomically exact male and female simulators for comprehensive TCCC and medical provider-level care training.
The most influential or differentiating feature are the replaceable and modular wounds and limbs. The consequence of these abilities is that one simulator can accommodate an unparalleled variety of incredibly realistic trauma situations for students. These simulators are the pinnacle of hands-on learning.
OEI is not a recent entrant into the vast simulation solutions arena. Lou Oberndorf, Chairman and CEO of OEI, has a long history of patient simulation innovation. His association with the simulation solutions space began in the early 1990s. His time at Loral, a top-ten defense firm headquartered in New York City, and as founder of Medical Education Technology Inc. (METI) a pioneering innovator of medical simulation technology have been instrumental in shaping his career.
Over two decades as President and CEO of METI, Oberndorf built a highly successful business and contributed to the emergence of simulation solutions as a brand-new sector of the economy. The emphasis during these years was on extending simulation-based training to medical institutions, emergency personnel, and nursing institutions.
His association with OEI commenced in 2016, and his efforts toward taking the medical simulation industry to new levels continue into 2023 and beyond.
The OEI simulator product line is continually being improved and expanded.
“OEI’s Tactical Casualty Care Simulators, and OBGYN simulators RealMom, and the C-Celia suite of emergency obstetrics simulators for C-Section, postpartum hemorrhage, and hysterectomy training are the most advanced simulators on the market today,” says Oberndorf.
The upcoming years will see OEI continuing its focus on leveraging its platform to reduce civilian and combat mortality. The other significant future oriented goal will be extending humanitarian support to developing nations.