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Use of simulation technology in Australian Defence Force resuscitation training
  1. Maj AD Hendrickse, BM FRCA RAMC, Specialist Registrar in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Defence Medical Services Visiting Fellow1,
  2. Maj AM Ellis, MBBS FRACS(Orth) RAAMC, Senior Lecturer, Officer Commanding Medical Company2,3 and
  3. Dr RW Morris, MBBS FANZCA, Director Research & Development4
  1. 1Sydney Medical Simulation Centre, North Shore Hospital Sydney
  2. 2Dept of Orthopaedics & Traumatic Surgery, University of Sydney, Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
  3. 35 Brigade Administrative Support Battalion
  4. 4Sydney Medical Simulation Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Management, University of Sydney


Realistic training of health personnel for the resuscitation of military casualties is problematic. There are few opportunities for personnel to obtain the necessary experience unless working in a busy emergency or trauma environment. Even so, the specific nature of military trauma means that many aspects of casualty management may not be adequately covered in the civilian domain. This paper discusses the use of advanced simulation technology in the training of military resuscitation teams. Such training has been available to members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for two years.

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