For decades, military, fire, police, and emergency response teams worldwide have depended on Rescue Randy to practice extrication and rescue from challenging environments too hazardous for human volunteers. Its lifelike weight and feel allows rescuers to simulate a wide range of patient extrication and transport scenarios to be ready for the real thing when the call arrives.
As the official manikin of the Firefighter Combat Challenge, Rescue Randy is built with durable vinyl with 4,100-lb. test plastic-coated cables. Features include articulated joints and realistic human weight distribution.
Now the popular mainstay has been outfitted with clinical capabilities that allow responders to practice treating the three most preventable causes of death during rescue scenarios—applying tourniquets and occlusive dressings to stem major bleeding; establishing an airway to address airway obstruction; and performing a needle decompression for a collapsed lung, among other lifesaving interventions.
Casualty Care Rescue Randy is the result of a U.S. Dept. of Defense grant to develop a clinical dimension for the popular manikin, says Hugo Azevedo, innovation and business development senior executive at Nasco Healthcare. “There’s been a push in EMS for training in tactical casualty care,” Azevedo says. “The military space is tuned into the need for this training, and civilian institutions are moving into this direction as well.”
Customers have two purchase options. A new Rescue Randy system embedded with clinical capabilities is available to buy, and individuals and agencies that already have a Rescue Randy can potentially upgrade their manikin with a separately purchased Casualty Care Rescue Randy Suit that contains the clinical functions.
Future enhancements to the system currently being developed include automation for pulses, bleeding, and added intricacies to the training curriculum.
“It’s in the DNA of our organization to help the practitioners of today and tomorrow face some of the horrors that are a sad reality in today’s world,” Azevedo says. “Nothing prepares them better for the difficult circumstances and extreme levels of stress they are exposed to in their careers than the training solutions we're bringing to the market every day.”