The Royal Flying Doctor Service has developed a new mannequin that vomits sickly green slime during intense training exercise. This in order to help practice treating patients who vomit while they’re being respirated artificially. The mannequin is known as SALAD (Suction Assisted Laryngoscopy Airway Decontamination Device). It is being used by the RFDS team at Broken Hill in New South Wales. Dr Andy Caldin from the South Eastern Section’s (RFDS SE) Dubbo base said that in short, SALAD was an airway training mannequin that vomits.
Dr. Caldin explained:
‘Keeping lungs and airways clear is a critical skills when dealing with unconscious patients as any blockage could be fatal. American physician, Dr James DuCanto, invented this cutting-edge training tool and then generously posted some DIY instructions on-line. I thought it was something we could use here, so I decided to give it a go.’
Dr Caldin built SALAD thanks to his former skills as a carpenter to construct a wooden frame and fitted an old airway head with parts from hardware stores. With a shower pump he connected to a 50 litres reservoir forming the stomach, which pumps up to four litres of ‘vomit’ per minute. The vomit is made from a combination of water mixed with green food colouring.
‘Our medical skills have to be constantly refreshed and updated and we are using our DIY SALAD simulator to do this work with RFDS SE medical staff at all levels. We have taken it to Broken Hill to do some demonstrations for the RFDS SE and local ambulance, Emergency Department, anaesthetic and intensive care staff.’
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