Medic's, Emergency Medical Education and Simulation Center provides some of the most advanced and challenging training available for emergency medical personnel in the nation. The Simulation Center utilizes high fidelity training mannequins whose symptoms and reactions are controlled by computer, as well as realistic soundstages.
The constantly changing conditions require crews to react just as they would on real world calls. The whole process is recorded so that crews can review their performance while valuable feedback and constructive criticism is provided. One of the most important benefits of the Simulation Center is its ability to present paramedics with patients whose life-threatening conditions may only be seen once or twice in a paramedic’s career; better known as HALO events – High Acuity Low Occurrence. Dealing with these critical, but rare, cases allows paramedics the opportunity to hone their skills.
Medic coordinates with area first responders each year to create realistic inter-agency simulations that emulate some of the more intense scenes a provider may have to manage over the course of their career. Since its inception, the Simulation Center has brought to life motor vehicle collisions with entrapments/pin-ins, an officer down incident, management of a high profile individual where on-scene media interest is highly intrusive and a myriad of medical cases, not typical of the pre-hospital environment.
One of the newest additions to the Simulation Center is a motion simulator. A retired ambulance has been retrofitted with hydraulics and airbags along with simulated siren and road noise along with video of the streets of Charlotte, allowing the ambulance to realistically simulate the actual ride experience during a transport to the hospital. This feature adds a further element of realism requiring paramedics to practice patient care skills under more difficult situations than those possible in a traditional, stationary classroom setting.