U.S. Army medics keen on Latvian virtual reality training tool

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A United States Army medical facility is showcasing an innovative Latvian hi-tech product online.

Madigan Army Medical Center comprises a network of U.S. Army medical facilities located in Washington and California that serve more than 100,000 active duty service members, their families and retirees. 

As the U.S. Army’s second largest medical treatment facility and a state-of-the-art and technologically advanced medical center, Madigan is one of only two designated Level II trauma centers in Army Medicine, and in a new Facebook post it is enthusing about a Latvian-developed product that allows army medics to practice their skills.

Captain Kyle Couperus, an emergency medecine physician enthuses about Latvian company Exonicus' virtual reality Trauma Simulator, saying: "This could have broad implications for military training around the world... medical simulation is a very powerful way to train people in how to take care of patients."

"We feel that this has almost limitless potential for training. We're working on expanding the number of cases that people can run through for practise, and we're also looking at a few projects where we help recreate environments that people may work in when they go [into the field]," said Couperus.

The full video demonstrating how Trauma Simulator is used can be viewed above.

Exonicus director Sandis Kondrats said he was delighted with the progress being made.

"The most fascinating thing is to learn from our US partners than we have achieved with quite limited resources what no-one has done before even with a lot more resources," Kondrats told LSM.

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