Dramatic Hyper-Realistic Simulations Featuring Active Shooters & Mass Casualties Highlight IMSH 2016 Jan. 16-17

Healthcare Educators, Clinicians Attending International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare in San Diego will Join Police, Fire & Emergency First Responders in Authentic Demonstrations

SAN DIEGO--()--Hyper-realistic active shooter and a mass casualty simulation January 16 and 17 will teach educators and clinicians how to conduct similar scenarios for crisis trainings across the country. The simulation will be held for attendees of the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2016) in San Diego, Calif.

“And doctors will perform surgery on live humans in the operating room. Of course they will be wearing Cut Suits.”

The courses at Strategic Operations in San Diego will address the growing need for healthcare simulation teams to provide active shooter and mass casualty training in the healthcare environment and for multiple levels of care. The Saturday, January 16 Active Shooter scenario will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST and the Sunday, January 17 Mass Casualty simulation will occur from 7:30 a.m. to Noon PST.

Actual first responders – local firefighters, paramedics, and police will participate. IMSH attendees will join in setting up, facilitating and debriefing an active shooter event on January 16. The next day, attendees will be involved in the planning and implementation of a mass casualty simulation from point of injury to emergency department and operating room scenarios.

All this will occur at Strategic Operations (STOPS) on the back lot of Stu Segall Productions TV/film studio. It will involve hyper-realistic explosions and actors portraying active shooters, bombers and point of injury casualties. Real first responders from the regional police and fire departments will treat victims on site, load casualties and then transport to STOPS’ simulated Emergency Department, where victims will be transferred to emergency room personnel from local and out of the area hospitals and schools.

In addition, Strategic Operations will deploy its “Cut Suit,” a state-of-the-art human-worn surgical simulator. “Paramedics will perform life-saving procedures on people wearing the Cut Suit at the point of injury,” said STOPS Executive Vice President Kit Lavell. “And doctors will perform surgery on live humans in the operating room. Of course they will be wearing Cut Suits.”

The simulations will be directed by representatives from the Navy Medical Center San Diego, Bioskills and Simulation Training Center, San Diego; and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM), Parker, Colorado.

“IMSH attendees will have unique access to a realistic active shooter/workplace violence simulation and will learn key lessons in how to replicate the simulation for training exercises at the facilities across the country,” said Chad Epps, president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, organizer of the meeting.

About Society of Simulation in Healthcare

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation. Established in 2004 by professionals using simulation for education, testing, and research in health care, SSH membership includes nearly 3,200 physicians, nurses, allied health and paramedical personnel, researchers, educators and developers from around the globe. SSH fosters the improvement and application of simulation–based modalities such as human patient simulators, virtual reality, standardized patients and task trainers. SSH manages the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) each year.

About Strategic Operations

Strategic Operations Inc., on the lot of Stu Segall Productions, a full-service TV / movie studio in San Diego, Calif., provides “Hyper-RealisticTM” training services and products for military, law enforcement and other organizations responsible for homeland security. The company employs state-of-the-art Hollywood battlefield special effects, combat wound effects, medical simulation systems like the “Cut Suit,” role players, subject matter experts, and training scenarios to create training environments that are the most unique in the industry. Over the last 13 years Strategic Operations has provided Hyper-RealisticTM training support to more than 750,000 military, law enforcement, and civilian first responders. STOPS Tactical Training Canada LLC, a subsidiary of Strategic Operations, has headquarters in Alberta, Canada. For more information, visit www.strategic-operations. Follow us on Twitter @ StrategicOps.

Release Summary

Hyper-realistic active shooter and a mass casualty simulation January 16-17 will teach IMSH 2016 educators and clinicians how to conduct similar scenarios for crisis trainings across the country.

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