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Creating realistic and challenging extrication exercises with manikins

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According to statistics from ‘Statista’, in 2016 there were around 31.7 million cars on the roads in the UK. it’s no surprise then that there are hundreds of accidents that occur on the UK's roads every day. Some are low-impact bumps, but others are more serious, requiring the Fire and Rescue Service to free those trapped inside. In fact, The Department for Transport reported 1,792 road deaths in 2016, some of which will be passengers, whilst others will be pedestrians.

When there has been a serious collision, extricating injured and trapped people can be extremely difficult. Often, vehicles need to be stabilised before teams can even start to think about getting someone out safely, and of course, the safety of both the injured person, and the crew rescuing them is paramount. It goes without saying that training can help teams to construct effective plans for a variety of difficult scenarios and at Ruth Lee we have a range of manikins which will provide different extrication challenges for your team.

DUTY PLUS MANIKIN

If you need a versatile, durable manikin, which will sit upright in a vehicle, can be fitted with a neck brace and will 'act' as a conscious casualty, the NEW Duty Plus manikin is the ideal choice. This manikin is constructed with a plastic spine to help prevent ‘head flopping’, closed cell foam in the back and polyethylene strips which run to the waist/hip area allowing flexibility and a more ‘upright’ position - perfect for sitting in vehicles. Anatomically correct weight distribution to give the ‘feel’ of a conscious casualty, perfect for encouraging correct patient care.

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WATER-FILLABLE BARIATRIC SUIT

What would you do if you were called out to an obese casualty, trapped inside the cab of an articulated lorry? Our new Water-fillable Bariatric suit lets you turn a Ruth Lee Duty manikin into a bariatric. The beauty of this product is that you can position the manikin in place before adding the weight, letting your trainer create more challenging extrication scenarios.

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MULTI-TRAUMA MANIKIN

You attend a serious RTC and the driver has been impaled by an object which has penetrated his window-screen. You can now train your team to prepare for this scenario using the Ruth Lee Multi-Trauma Manikin! With a chest cavity to let you impale the manikin, and detachable limbs to simulate a full or partial loss of limb, this versatile manikin will let you create a very challenging rescue scenario.

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AIRWAY MANAGEMENT MANIKIN

Airway Management Skills are often practiced in a warm classroom - how would your team react completing these skills in a real emergency - Such as underneath an over-turned lorry? Our Full-Bodied Airway Management Manikin is tough and can be trapped by the arms or legs, allowing you to prepare life-saving strategies for this scenario.

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ADD DRAMA TO YOUR TRAINING - WITH FIRE SIMULATION

We have helped a number of teams set up realistic training scenarios. This includes working with the North & Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency, who asked us to help create an emergency situation in the Conwy tunnel, in North Wales. This training drill simulated a crash between two vehicles which had then burst into flames, causing that area of the tunnel to fill with smoke. This video demonstrates the scenario we set up. Using FireWare equipment we created a realistic fire emergency. To create similar affects we can supply smoke machines, soundboxes, explosion makers and silk flames – these simulated are so realistic we have had seasoned firefighters stop to take photos!

Fire simulation is quick, simple, clean and with a relatively small investment, you can create some very memorable effects. Our National Sales Manager would be happy to offer a demonstration on these products. Email stuart@ruthlee.co.uk

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