Combat medics sometimes face difficulties while treating the soldiers. Though they have their way to practice but when they are involved in a life-or-death rescue mission, it’s hard for them to understand how injuries work. Researchers from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a tool to help the medics, the first scientific visualization of the splatterfest. Squeamish people should look away as it looks so real.
The video shows a detailed simulation of a human leg wounded by flying shrapnel, hemorrhaging blood. The reason behind this simulation is to train the combat medics so that they learn exactly what sort of blood hemorrhage a specific injury will result in.
“We’re genuinely hopeful that our simulations will enhance the educational experience for medical trainees,” says Jeff Eldredge from UCLA to National Scientist. He and his colleagues created the simulation. “But I’m really pleased just to get visceral reactions from my kids. That probably makes me a horrible father.”
Researchers have only replicated a leg so far as it is the most commonly injured body part for a soldier in a battlefield. The simulation includes bone, muscle and skin, along with a virtual vascular system that drives the flow of blood. The simulation is hoped to run in real time, to help the trainee medics. They are currently studying injuries to real animals. So, the simulation is something that would be medics will surely want to replace it with as it seems to be gentler and more realistic at the same time.