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West Metro Fire Rescue: “Real” Baby, Real Training

(medics discuss) – [Medic] Heart rate
should be 160 at the max. – Today we are practicing
our multi-company drills. And he’s not breathing anymore. We are talking about pediatrics, specifically pediatric assessment and how to treat certain
pediatric conditions. We consider them high acuity
but kinda low frequency, so it means we don’t run a lot of ’em, but the ones we do run,
kids tend to be sick, and we wanna be proficient at that, so it’s always advantageous
for us to train as a department on things that we don’t
get to do a whole lot out in the field, so training
becomes super important. (dummy “breathing”)
(air hisses) This is what they consider
a high-fidelity mannequin. – [Medic] Continue a fluid bolus. – It’s amazing the
technology that has come out over the last several
years for simulation. This baby not only has
its own respiratory rate, but it can mimic air sounds,
it can mimic heart sounds, – [Jon] So it really is
as lifelike as we can get without actually working on a real person. – We’ve had assisting with ventilations – There’s a couple
things that are different with pediatrics and with adults. One, probably most
importantly, is their size, so any medications or other interventions that we’re gonna do need to be adjusted for their weight or their size. And two, there’s a lot
of anxiety that’s related around with pediatrics,
not just with medics, but with physicians, as well, and so having extra training so that you’re prepared
for the unlikely event and so it doesn’t catch you unawares, and you feel more confident when you’re addressing those situations. – He’s breathing still.
– Yeah, he’s breathing. – We want this to be as
realistic as possible, so we want everything to be in real time, so we want our providers to function like they would on a real call, and having a mannequin that simulates as close to a real person
as possible is critical, and that’s the one thing that we really try to focus on training is make it as realistic as possible so when the call comes in, it
reverts more to muscle memory because you have had that training. And continue at 50 from here on out. Rhythm check?

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