Simulated Medications and the Military

The United States military is embracing simulation medical education and advancement with medications to improve complete scenario-based field training exercises.

Simulation technology has advanced from the days of putting red food coloring in water and calling it blood. Instructors no longer need to re-label empty vials over and over, or use hard-to-find expired medicines. Reliance on older educational methods is lessening.

The nature of combat is changing drastically as well. Developing different types of wound care, including IED casualty scenarios, is vital. High-fidelity simulators and moulage kits can help add reality to scenarios for military medics.

Demo Dose® simulated medications contribute to these simulation efforts as well. The proprietary line of simulated medications from Pocket Nurse® has been showcased at multiple military tradeshows in 2016 such as SOMA (Special Operations Medical Association in Charlotte June 2016) and I/ITSEC (Modeling, Simulations and Training Conference in Orlando, FL). It is our pleasure to inform instructors, nurses, medics, and military personal of these options for education.

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Author at I/ITSEC addressing military training simulation needs.

I/ITSEC stands for the Interservice/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference, and its goal is to promote cooperation among several types of organizations, including armed services, private industry, academia, and various government agencies. I/ITSEC seeks to improve training and education programs, identify common issues and obstacles, and develop multiservice programs.

SOMA is the only medical association in existence that brings together a varied menu of medical education subjects, blending pre-hospital, tactical, wilderness, austere, disaster, and deployed medicine. SOMA, founded in 1987, provides a forum for military and civilian medical providers.

The goal of all simulation education in the military is to ensure competency, reduce errors, and improve patient safety, ultimately saving lives. Using realistic simulated medication is vital to integrate hands-on training using real life dosing and administration scenarios.

For government procurement, contact me, Tina Greiff (tgreiff@pocketnurse). Our GSA contract number is #GS-02F-0191Y, ECAT Contract # SPM 2D 1-14-D-8200.

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