Recently we conducted a series of exercises to our industrial clients in country NSW. As part of these exercises we experimented with new equipment and processes to bring these situations to life.
Excitingly we had fantastic feedback and will now implement the realistic and simplistic technology across our training scenarios. In part they included:
- The purchase of a rescue manikin (industrial type fit for exposure).
- A small Bluetooth speaker connected to a phone application used by the trainer. This incorporated any standard to advanced triage flow process enabling the student to be directed to specific outcomes based off the trainers input.
- Moulage, simulated facial injuries.
Combined and used in the correct context this training significantly improved the trainers ability to assess the Emergency Response Team and their actions. As well as a lot of fun, having a manikin that is not human and is electronically taking back to the operator/s exhibited the strong effect of process and application of skills. More importantly, we could disjoint and manipulate the dummy in ways that would be unsafe for a human.
We noticed the team took the training more seriously than if was just a mate going through the role playing. They had to follow protocols as the feedback and response from the dummy was leading them to assess injuries and treat the cause and the problem. If not the simulated patients condition simply deteriorated.
Testing an organisations response to incidents is not only recommended its law in all parts of the country. Running your team through some basic exercises is advised to start with and our team are happy to help you with this. Another great advantage to these exercises is the ability to run through group training and exercises to enhance your workplace dynamic under controlled stress.
With the simplicity and ease of this design we strongly recommend talking to our team on how this was achieved and what it created. Further, employing ex emergency service and government workers who have lived through emergencies will only enhance this solid delivery and get the outcomes which are needed. Lastly it is vital to build both a realistic exercise based around the workers tasks and to test the response under normal conditions using their own resources.