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New training modules for tactical combat casualty care will be developed for the US Army. The military medicine education and training initiative will include a military-relevant trauma training modules using the PerSim augmented reality patient simulator system to support tactical combat casualty care and emulate battlefield and mass casualty incident injuries.

The project is part of a $750,000 development contract by the startup MedCognition in collaboration with Chenega Healthcare Services for the US Army.

The augmented reality patient simulator system provides dynamic realism in medical simulation training using Microsoft HoloLens Mixed reality to project life-like holographic patients into actual work environments. It is a realistic and portable tool for first responders and healthcare clinicians to learn through hands-on experience.

The system allows participants to view realistic patient simulations with a number of clinical presentations including respiratory distress, stroke and minor trauma, and is currently used by pre-hospital training programs to strengthen critical thinking, decision-making and assessment skills of trainees, according to

Instead of classrooms or on-screen training modules, PerSim empowers educators and trainees to practice caring for critically ill patients as well as injured soldiers.

The PerSim augmented reality patient simulation system is used by medical educators and trainers in healthcare sectors including pre-hospital, first responder and emergency medicine. The PerSim system was recognized by EMS World Magazine as an Innovation of the Year in 2018.

The training modules will be developed over the next 12 months with the potential to be adopted by the US Military in the years to come.