With the Medical Simulation Training Centre (MSTC), the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Medical Corps can now simulate more realistic scenarios including front-line battlefield and war-time mass casualty scenarios. DSTA’s delivery of the MSTC in 2012 has enhanced the SAF Medical Corps’ emergency response and medical training experience, boosting the SAF’s capabilities in supporting peacetime and wartime medical operations.

To increase training realism for combat care situations in the 450-square-metre training facility, the DSTA team implemented movable walls that can be configured to simulate up to six different scenarios simultaneously. These scenarios are recreated with the help of visual and audio elements such as sound generators and strobe lights. In addition, the team introduced high-fidelity mannequins that can be programmed to exhibit clinical signs including eye pupillary reaction and bleeding limbs.

While having multiple features increases the MSTC’s capability, the team had to overcome the challenge of integrating these elements seamlessly. In particular, the signals sent from the control room to the mannequins could not be transmitted through the movable walls, which were made of highly sound-absorbent material. The team thus developed an alternative router network to enhance the signal strengths from the control room. These stronger signals could be detected by the mannequins, which would in turn respond to the wireless commands accordingly.