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Lifelike robot helps EMS prepare for active shooter scenarios

HAL is helping paramedics learn how to treat victims of shootings. (Source: Gaumard Scientific) HAL is helping paramedics learn how to treat victims of shootings. (Source: Gaumard Scientific)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

New training is happening Tuesday to help paramedics in New Orleans learn how to treat people during an active shooter situation.

Paramedics will learn how to treat the injured while responding to an active shooter by practicing on a robot so realistic that it talks, has seizures and blinks its eyes.

This robot operates continuously as it is moved from the shooting scene to the ambulance and the emergency room.  

It is programmed through a wireless connection via a tablet computer hundreds of feet away.

The robot, named HAL, helps EMS learn how to diagnose and treat victims using real monitoring and resuscitation equipment in active shooting situations that change minute-by-minute.

HAL is a robotic, lifelike patient simulator that addresses the educational needs of EMS as they train to respond to active shooter incidents. 

EMS increasingly find themselves needing to train for such scenarios. HAL is manufactured by Gaumard Scientific.

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