Embedded sensor technology and interoperable modular design are key features in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)-funded second phase of SIMETRI, Inc.'s Joint Articulation and Reduction Simulator (JAARS) solution for the Defense Health Agency, which is an expansion on the JAARS partial body manikin prototype that was created in phase one.
"By merging technology with our medical knowledge and experience manufacturing manikins for simulated medical training, SIMETRI is providing increasing training options and tools for our warfighters that help treat injuries and prevent deaths in the field," said Angela Alban, SIMETRI president and CEO.
The phase one prototype was comprised of a partial body manikin simulating shoulder dislocation that users could relocate with the Cunningham method - lengthening and relaxing the spasmed biceps muscle allowing the humeral head to slide back into the joint socket.
In addition to refining the phase one prototype, phase two will introduce additional joints and methods for relocating the joints. The phase two simulator will also include embedded sensors to provide student performance feedback and consumable expenditure data. Interoperable with Advanced Medical Manikin (AMM) standards, it will operate as a standalone part task trainer or integrated into third party commercially available manikins.