TraumaFX, a division of Kforce Government Solutions Inc. (KGS) and a leading global provider of advanced, ruggedized human and canine medical training simulators, has announced the commercial availability of what the company calls the most-advanced canine medical simulator available – K9 Diesel.
Named in memory of the heroic canine who died in the line of duty following the 2015 Paris terror attacks, K9 Diesel was developed jointly with the U.S. Department of Defense and offers 28 different features and medical intervention sites. Building on the TraumaFX K9 Hero model released in 2016, which brought its rugged design and life-like skeleton to handlers and medics, K9 Diesel adds new features such as adjustable, realistic breathing; audio cues (4 different sounds an injured dog makes); interchangeable limbs; packable axillary wounds; decompression for Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) also known as bloat; plus realistic venous and arterial bleeding for hemorrhage control training.
What makes K9 Diesel most distinctive is its ability to easily pre-program a training scenario which can be named and saved for future use. This is designed to allow instructors to focus on the techniques of the learner while the K9 simulator functions on its own during the exercise, capturing the results for review in a debrief.
“With K9 Diesel, operational K9 care is realized for the first time via simulation,” says Carolyn Hollander, Vice President of TraumaFX. “Working closely with DOD operational K9 teams, we’ve been able to replicate many more real-world medical situations.”
In addition to military applications, K9 Diesel offers critical educational and skills development capabilities that are ideal for police and federal working dog teams, universities, veterinary hospitals, and civilian first responders. Key among them are the lifelike airway for intubation, tracheostomy, adjustable bilateral pulses, bilateral cephalic IV with flash cue, bilateral needle decompression, bilateral intraosseous infusion (tibial and humeral), GDV (bloat) decompression, and CPR with mouth to snout resuscitation.
“Diesel’s wide range of features combined with its incredible fidelity will allow learners to practice critical interventions never before offered for canines in a simulated experience,” Hollander says. “It will greatly improve knowledge and skills related to canine emergency medicine and enable responders to deliver exceptional care.”
All TraumaFX products are manufactured in the USA. Led by a team of award-winning designers, engineers, and model makers who built their skills over decades working in the practical special effects division of Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic, TraumaFX simulators are designed to deliver an experience unlike any other solutions in the market.
For a complete list of K9 Diesel features, or to learn more about TraumaFX, visit www.traumafx.net.
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