High technology in emergency training for rural areas reaches Kearney

KEARNEY, Neb.- The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha has sent four “Simulation in Motion Nebraska” trucks to provide rural emergency medical training to Norfolk, Lincoln, Kearney and Scottsbluff.

The trucks increase training opportunities and helps save lives through high-tech simulation, according to officials.

“We are very pleased to partner with the UNMC to provide state-of-the-art simulation training to rural communities,” said Walter Panzirer, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Training is free and targeted to rural emergency medical service agencies and critical access rural hospitals.

“After 34 years in emergency medical services, this is one of the best things that can happen, and I hope everyone takes the opportunity. There is a lot we can learn from these trucks,” said emergency technician Gail Muhr.

Trucks have dual slide show extensions, a simulated emergency room and an ambulance, as well as computerized mannequins that speak, breathe, have heartbeats, and can react to medications. In other words they can die again and again.

More citizens in rural Nebraska are expected to consider training with these trucks and serving as emergency medical service volunteers.

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