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(TNS) — The patient was flat on his back, his breathing low and shallow. His eyelids opened, and then closed. Blood shoots from the wound in an arterial spray, as a first responder hastily applies a tourniquet.
This scene is not real, but part of an extensive training session that was held at the Scituate Harbormaster's station with members of the harbormaster's department, the Scituate, Mass., Fire Department, and South Shore Hospital.
"Training is incredibly important," said Harbormaster Stephen Mone. "We need to be prepared for any emergency out on the water. We're here all the time and respond to a lot of calls."
The life-like "patient" who was in danger of bleeding to death was actually a high-fidelity mannequin.
"It's wireless and can be put anywhere as part of a training exercise — at the bottom of a stairway, in a ditch," said Rich Kelly. "This provides very realistic training. He bleeds, he blinks, he talks, he breathes. He has a pulse. It's very life-like."
Kelly is a retired Scituate firefighter/paramedic who is now with the Scituate Harbormaster's office. He also handles the mobile simulation lab for special operations at South Shore Hospital.
Kelly "hides behind the scenes" and operates the mannequin using a laptop.
"I can have the blood ooze out or pump it out like an arterial bleed," he said. "We can collapse a lung. We can do a lot of things to give a first responder as close of an experience to a real emergency as possible. It's designed to teach doctors, paramedics, nurses, firefighters — just about anyone out there."