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VIRGIL, device developed in Simulation Program, lauded by Army general

A medical device pioneered by CIMIT's Simulation Program has been designated as one of one military unit's top medical developments in recent years, said Maj. General Eric B. Schoomaker, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command and Fort Detrick.

Major General Schoomaker was asked what he considered MRMC's success stories in the past few years by a reporter from the online edition of the media outlet, "Military Medical Technology."

He said the Virgil Chest Tube Insertion Simulator is among the top developments in recent years. Major General Schoomaker said, "It's a real source of pride for all of us that in the past three years, the MRMC has claimed six of the Army's 30 greatest inventions."

The innovative devices he mentioned included the Virgil Chest Tube Insertion Simulator, a chest trauma training system for combat medics, using realistic anatomy in a visually advanced training curriculum. It was developed by the team members of CIMIT's Simulation Program, headed by Steven Dawson, MD. He said other leading medical innovations from his group included the Golden Hour Blood Box, the BMIST, the Electronic Information Carrier, the Chitosan Bandage and the Combat Application Tourniquet

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