Medics from the Missouri Army National Guard converged on the OTC Springfield campus to participate in field
medical scenarios involving the college’s manikins. The 50 medics from across the state used the college’s medical manikins that can simulate an array of injuries and maladies to treat as if they were in the field treating soldiers.
The injuries and wounds the medics faced in the scenarios ran the gamut of what they would see in combat,
including blast injuries from improvised explosive devices (IEDs), head injuries, gun shots and Sarin gas.
The manikins have the ability to replicate symptoms through computer software that presents medical personnel with various issues, anything from shortness of breath to heart problems to a drug overdose. The manikins can bleed, sweat, roll their eyes, even turn blue in places due to lack of oxygen.
The National Guard plans to use OTC’s manikins and facilities twice a year to train medics.