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Turning anyone into a casuality

Triage

EMTs and other first responders don’t just sit around waiting for a disaster to happen. If they need to train for a disaster – environmental, terrorist, or otherwise – they put together a mass injury simulation, or their version of a war game. As you can imagine, coordinating one of these simulations is a nightmare, but [David] came up with a way to simulate a casualty with a few XBees, a Parallax Propeller, and a few RFID cards.

This triage training simulator consists of an ‘acting coach’ on each simulated victim that includes a speech-to-text module that speaks instructions into the actors ear, a pulse simulator and a readout for vital signs that correspond to twelve major injuries. When an EMT triages a victim, they swipe an RFID card for each medical procedure they perform – intubating is one card, while a bandage is another – and all this is sent back to the coordinator’s tablet.

The coordinator has direct control over each of the actors through a two-way radio link, and can initiate changes in each victim, monitor a paramedic’s responses, and “escalate” the situation by setting off another simulated bomb.

All this is created with off-the-shelf hardware, vastly reducing the cost of this type of training device. An amazing application of what we usually consider to be just robot parts, and we’re happy for [David] to share it with us.

Comments

  1. Jstylen says:

    Very cool. Gotta love a hack with the potential to save lives.

  2. Matt says:

    I read it as ‘Turn anyone into a causality’ which would have been a good read I think. Sadly it was just a typo.

  3. Alex Rossie says:

    It’s called moulage even if it doesn’t involve actually looking like an injury
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moulage

  4. ouch says:

    If the thing outputs sound, then it’s text-to-speech, not the other way. Ouch!

  5. lochnessduck says:

    Very cool. Kudos to [David] for making and sharing!

  6. anon says:

    “a speech-to-text module that speaks instructions into the actors ear”

    You mean text-to-speech? Speech-to-text would output text, not sound.

  7. DracoBengali86 says:

    I like that both videos are the same.

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