Injury Creation Science (ICS) Kit
To help medical personnel training for war to overcome the shock effect of trauma work while also sharpening their medical skills, the Virtual Reality Medical Center (VRMC) conceptualized and developed Injury Creation Science (ICS), a suite of wearable simulated wounds. ICS very realistically replicates a number of battlefield injuries such as eviscerations, blast injuries, penetrations, and burns. A selection of these wounds are now available in a portable, ruggedized kit designed for battlefield trauma training. The ICS Simple Kit allows for the application of prosthetic entry, exit, and shrapnel wounds for live training exercises. ICS is based on principles of surgical simulation to enhance medical training, yet it is fundamentally different from computer and mannequin-based models, which present technical challenges and compromised realism. The goal of our trauma training program is to provide immersive training that not only simulates injuries but allows combat medics to practice actual medical procedures common to the battlefield. The next generation kit (Dynamic Kit) will include the materials required to train emergency medical personnel in performing a cricothyrotomy and chest tube insertion and managing dynamic bleeding wounds. The Simple Kit was validated during extensive factory testing and a training exercise at the University of Florida (UF) Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research (CSESaR). Each kit includes 76 prosthetic appliances of the same skin tone along with the peripheral items required (e.g. adhesive, remover, makeup, simulated blood, application supplies, etc.). ICS is compatible with modeling injuries on human actors, patient simulators, and stand-alone devices. This project is supported by funding from U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC).