Navy medical service to showcase skills at Navy Open House

The Navy Medical Service will be showcasing their work to the public for the first time this weekend. They will be part of the Navy Open House 2013 at Changi Naval Base on May 18 and 19.

Visitors will get a chance to see a life-sized mock-up of the team's surgery theatre complete with surgical tools and a patient simulator. The patient simulator is a sophisticated life-sized dummy which can simulate not only basic body parameters such as heart rate, breathing and blood pressure, but even sweating and pupil dilation. The simulator, which provides a realistic training for trainees, is now in its third generation and has been in use since late 2011,

At the Navy Open House, the public will be allowed to try the patient simulator and participate in medical drills as assistants to naval doctors performing damage control surgeries.

"People don't usually see us in action," said head of medical doctrine and training branch, Major (Dr) David Law, 32.