New mobile simulator aims to improve training for EMS students at OSF

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — EMS students at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center are stepping away from the traditional classroom setting and instead using technology.

OSF revealed a state-of-the-art mobile simulator that will allow students to experience real life conditions.

Dr. Daniel Butterbach is the Medical Director and EMS Medical Director at OSF.

“Under the most, you know, difficult or extreme circumstances really makes the great work that they do a little easier when their, you know, in real situations,” said Butterbach.

According to Butterbach, active learning is an invaluable experience and says the simulator is a huge leap in education.

EMS students can practice different scenarios and get real-time feedback from instructors.

“As opposed to being in just a clinical setting now we’re able to do it, you know, with the closest to reality as we possibly could,” said Greg Snow, a paramedic instructor at OSF .

Students build skills through critical training like this. Placing them in what looks and feels like a real-life situation can make their job a little easier when they enter the field.

“There is not a lot of things that we can replicate and this is the closest that we’ve you know that we’ve found that we can start to replicate those things,” said Snow.

Health officials say anything can happen and with help from the mobile simulator, students will be prepared to handle anything that may come in their way.

The mobile simulator will be used to train other medics and EMS students around the region. The invaluable skills the simulator will provide would not be possible without the donations from Jay and Christina Akely and The OSF HealthCare Foundation.

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