K9 Medical Training Sim Wins NTSA Modeling and Simulation Award at I/ITSEC 2018

Dec. 3, 2018
The K9 Diesel advanced medical trainer from TraumaFX and USSOCOM SOF AT&L were awarded the Modeling & Simulation Acquisition Team Award at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference.

SAN ANTONIO, TX and FAIRFAX, VA - TraumaFX, a division of Kforce Government Solutions, Inc. (KGS) and a leading global provider of advanced, ruggedized human and canine medical training simulators, announced that the company, along with USSOCOM SOF AT&L and an extended team, were honored by the National Training and Simulation Association with the Modeling & Simulation Acquisition Team Award for the collaborative development of the K9 Diesel advanced medical trainer. Awards were presented at the M&S Awards Dinner Tuesday night held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in conjunction with the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC).

Each year, the NTSA M&S Awards are presented to individuals or teams for outstanding achievements in the development or application of models and simulations. TraumaFX and team were recognized for outstanding achievement in government-industry collaborative development and fielding of a new medical simulation capability to better meet the unique training needs of Special Operations. The project leveraged an existing contract vehicle through industry partner Information International Associates, and incorporated iterative development and feature refinement processes with K9 team users - including representatives from United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), and United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC).

“Since TraumaFX began, we have worked in close partnership with government customers to improve medical simulation capabilities and to develop new products to meet the needs of thier missions,” said Carolyn Hollander, Vice President at KGS TraumaFX. “To be recognized for those efforts, along with our extended team for K9 Diesel, is truly an honor.” 

K9 Diesel is an advanced medical simulation trainer that improves the ability of first responders and veterinary professionals to save working dogs’ lives. The simulator includes 28 different features and medical intervention sites. Diesel’s miniaturized technologies and other features represent a quantum leap in animatronic-based high fidelity trauma simulators. Canine vocalization and newly developed manufacturing processes to create hyper realistic airway anatomy, quick-connect interchangeable limbs plumbed with sensor and fluid lines, and autonomous response to treatment are state of the art characteristics that set Diesel apart as a patient simulator. Building on technology first developed in TraumaFX human patient simulators allowed creation of the first canine Gastric Volvulus (bloat) simulator capable of being needle decompressed.  Like its predecessors, Diesel provides objective performance feedback to both the learner and the instructor that can be used to predict readiness. Clinical improvements also allow the capability to reach beyond first responder training to realistically meet higher-level veterinary medicine requirements.

More information about K9 Diesel can be found on the TraumaFX website at TraumaFX.net/k9-diesel-advanced-trainer

About TraumaFX

TraumaFX is dedicated to developing innovative medical simulation and training technologies that improve survivability of severe injuries on the battlefield and in civilian casualty situations. We specialize in high-fidelity, ruggedized medical patient simulators to deliver the most lifelike experience for trainees while enabling field exercises in any environment and in any weather condition. Our advanced sensor technology monitors critical treatment procedures and immediately transmits data to trainers wirelessly to optimize instruction in real-time. Originally developed by KGS under a research and development contract with the U.S. Army ARL-STTC, TraumaFX today offers a broad portfolio of human and canine medical simulators that allow military personnel, first responders, K9 handlers, veterinarians, and emergency medical professionals to experience the complexities of treating severe injuries, properly and effectively, in real world situations.

For more information, visit www.traumafx.net

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