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Army Seeks Stress Simulation Training Programs for Medical Personnel

Medical Simulation Training Center refreshes medical skills
Staff Sgt. Teresa Greening, an instructor at the Medical Simulation Training Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., prepares to wrap a simulated casualty in a blanket, while Sgt. Joshua Long bandages the end of the casualty's amputated leg while demonstrating the trauma lanes at the MSTC, March 8. Training received at the MSTC allows medics to retain their emergency medical technician certification with the national registry. Credit: Leon Cook/DVIDS

The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) is seeking information from organizations researching, developing, and offering medical training simulation programs that address physical and psychological stress prior to deployment to reduce the effects of anticipated stressors upon military medical personnel.

The demands on health care personnel performing in a military environment require individuals to function in a complex and dynamic environments, act upon partial or incomplete information evolving over timer, and operate under stressful circumstances.

The Army’s Request for Information (RFI) seeks input on simulation and training programs that cultivate desirable characteristics that make medical service members excel while mitigating stress and deterioration of their physical and psychological health, for the overall betterment of the individual, the mission, and the military force.

Simulation programs impacting resilience may incorporate sensations of stimulation such as visual, auditory, vestibular, tactile, kinesthetic, olfactory, and gustatory components or any combination there-of. Simulation systems that should be considered as tools to assist in resiliency include:

  • Medical manikins
  • Moulage applications
  • Computer or web-based systems
  • Virtual reality simulation systems
  • Augmented reality
  • Standardized patients
  • Virtual environments

Respondents are encouraged to provide information regarding existing leading-edge products, next generation prototypes, and future research plans which are expected to address training to improve resilience in military medical personnel.

Information will be reviewed pursuant to consideration for the development of future Requests for Proposals (RFP) or Program Announcements (PA) for development of products or areas of research identified in this RFI.

Further details are available under Solicitation Number: W23RYX118RFI2.

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