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Robot Patient Teaches Doctors in Combat Zones

Thats the METI Human Patient Simulator, a robot that breathes, urinates, and blinks with uncanny realism.

The high-tech robotic mannequin simulates a wide variety of battle wounds and injuries and is currently used in the Navy Trauma Training Center to train doctors and nurses in combat zones.

Link - Thanks Dave! (Photo: Dave Bullock)

Heh. I saw a show about military medics that talked about this thing, but they neglected to mention the urinating. Thankfully.
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The thing is that no matter how good the robot is at creating human functions, you know it's still a robot. So even if you get the screaming, writhing, blood spurting and (above all, the smell) what you're missing is the knowledge that it's a real person.

Now don't get me wrong, practice is great. In a 'real' crisis, the practice definitely helps you to know what you're doing. But in the real world, it's never the same as in the simulation lab.
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That's true empty-minded but I think the Army and military does a great job of training its combat medics, the men and women whose military speciality is as a medic on the battlefield. I've seen some of its training methods and it is intense. While I am sure the first time is always a shock, their training seems to kick in despite the blood and gore.
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The college where I work has a Nursing program, and they also have a few of these. They're quite expensive, but they're a little bit uncanny. They'll just lie there, breathing, and blinking...
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This was on the news yesterday and my mum wouldn't believe her boyfriend when he told her about it. She thought it was an April Fools, so I had to get the page up on wired (and even then she didn't believe me straight away...)
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Given that much future 'war-fighting' will be outsorced to cybernetic sphere (according to the Pentagon, eyes ever feverishly aglow with the next generation methods of turning the Bad Guys Du Jour into hamburger), perhaps these victim mannequins should be offering up next-gen war-wounds - RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome, und so weite
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My University is getting a new nursing department and we are getting 3 of those robots. One man, one baby, and one pregnant woman. I'm curious to see what the pregnant woman looks like.
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