LifeFlight of Maine gets new simulation training lab

The lab comes with a human manikin that breathes, talks, and shows lifelike medical symptoms and conditions.

BANGOR, Maine — LifeFlight of Maine has opened a new simulation training lab in Bangor, helping first responders better prepare for situations they encounter in the field.

The new lab comes with a human manikin that can breath, talk, and show signs of medical conditions for first responders to recognize and decide how to treat. 

“We can really take real-world scenarios that crews have encountered and create it in a simulation environment,” LifeFlight Chief Clinical Officer Chuck Hogan said. 

Hogan added they record each simulation. Once first responders finish their treatment, educators review the performance with their students to discuss what was done correctly and what needs improvement. 

“This facility allows us to incorporate more reality into our training that we didn’t have before because we were just having to bring our equipment into hallways, classrooms, garages, parking lots, and wherever we could find an open flat space,” Steve Babin, senior clinical educator for LifeFlight of Maine, told NEWS CENTER Maine.

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