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The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

The marriage of surgical simulation and telementoring for damage-control surgical training of operational first responders - A pilot study

Posted November 25, 2015 (From November 2015 - Volume 79 - Issue 5

Hemorrhage is the leading cause of preventable posttraumatic death. Many such deaths may be potentially salvageable with remote damage-control surgical interventions. As recent innovations in information technology enable remote specialist support to point-of-care providers, advanced interventions, such as remote damage-control surgery, may be possible in remote settings.

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CAE and Strategic Operations - Trade Press Release

Posted September 18, 2015

CAE Healthcare announces exclusive distributor agreement with Strategic Operations for medical simulation trauma surgical suits

Montreal, Canada, September 18, 2015 – CAE Healthcare announced today that it has signed an exclusive rights agreement to distribute the Strategic Operations (STOPS) Surgical Cut Suit and other simulation training products in all parts of the world outside the United States. Designed for point-of-injury care, the Surgical Cut Suit allows first responders and physicians to practice performing surgical and emergency procedures on patients with simulated traumatic, life-threatening injuries.

Based in San Diego, USA, STOPS simulates medical response field scenarios through the “magic of Hollywood,” with hyper-realistic training environments that include special effects, role players and simulated wounds. STOPS has developed a line of medical products that can be worn by actors or Standardized Patients (SPs) to allow real-time interaction with a trauma patient. The Surgical Cut Suit and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)/EMS Cut Suit vest can also be zipped around a manikin to add realism to a scenario.

“Strategic Operations has created a spectacular line of simulation products that complement our portfolio and can be used in conjunction with Standardized Patients and our patient simulators to add versatility to trauma training scenarios,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, President of CAE Healthcare. “Like CAE Healthcare, Strategic Operations has employed subject matter and clinical experts to create training tools for emergency medical scenarios that are common but impossible to practice on live patients with the shared goal of saving more lives.”

The TCCC/EMS Cut Suit was developed for treating the three primary causes of death on the battlefield: hemorrhage, airway compromise and tension pneumothorax. The Surgical Cut Suit allows practice on a patient with severe internal bleeding or organ damage from point-of-injury through transport and surgical intervention. STOPS recently garnered media attention when the Cut Suit was used in a gravity-free environment in the skies above Ottawa, Canada to simulate damage control surgery in the ultimate austere environment – space. ( and

“The Surgical Cut Suit is part of a unique educational curriculum that Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado developed with our help,” said STOPS President Stu Segall. Besides pathologies, Surgical Cut Suit procedures include hemorrhage control by tourniquet or by suturing and stapling of internal organs, arterial ligation or clamping, surgical cricothyrotomy, needle thoracentesis and suturing of internal organs and skin and peripheral IV access. Both suits can be customized based on the scenario and are repairable for multiple uses.

STOPS has also created a blood pumping system that can be controlled remotely, blast trousers for treatment of severe bleeding injuries that are above the knee and above tourniquet placement and also a 6-in-1 TCCC trainer, an upper torso that provides training for multiple procedures to clear airways and restore breathing.

CAE Healthcare and Strategic Operations will demonstrate the products at upcoming military and civilian medical conferences and at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in San Diego in January of 2016.

About Strategic Operations

Strategic Operations Inc., on the lot of Stu Segall Productions, a full-service TV / movie studio in San Diego, Calif., provides “Hyper-Realistic ®” training services and products for military, law enforcement and other organizations responsible for homeland security. The company employs state-of-the-art Hollywood battlefield special effects, combat wound effects, medical simulation systems like the “Cut Suit,” role players, subject matter experts, and training scenarios to create training environments that are the most unique in the industry. Over the last 13 years Strategic Operations has provided Hyper-Realistic® training support to more than 750,000 military, law enforcement, and civilian first responders. STOPS Tactical Training Canada LLC, a subsidiary of Strategic Operations, has headquarters in Alberta, Canada. For more information, visit

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About CAE Healthcare

CAE Healthcare offers cutting-edge learning tools to healthcare students and professionals, allowing them to develop practical experience through risk-free simulation training before treating real patients. CAE Healthcare’s full spectrum of simulation solutions includes surgical and imaging simulation, curriculum, the LearningSpace audiovisual and center management platform and highly realistic adult, pediatric and baby patient simulators. Today, approximately 9,000 CAE Healthcare simulators and audiovisual solutions are in use worldwide by medical schools, nursing schools, hospitals, defence forces and other entities.

About CAE

CAE (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) is a global leader in the delivery of training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. We design and integrate the industry’s most comprehensive training solutions, anchored by the knowledge and expertise of our 8,000 employees, our world-leading simulation technologies and a track record of service and technology innovation spanning seven decades. Our global presence is the broadest in the industry, with 160 sites and training locations in 35 countries, including our joint venture operations, and the world’s largest installed base of flight simulators. Each year, we train more than 120,000 civil and defence crewmembers, as well as thousands of healthcare professionals.

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CAE Santé annonce un accord de distribution exclusive avec Strategic Operations pour des combinaisons de simulation en traumatologie (Cut Suit)

Montréal (Canada), le 18 septembre 2015 – CAE Santé a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’elle a signé un accord exclusif avec l’entreprise Strategic Operations pour distribuer leurs combinaisons de simulation en traumatologie (Cut Suit) et d’autres produits de simulation destinés à la formation, et ce, à l’échelle mondiale, à l’exception des États-Unis. Conçue pour simuler les soins sur les lieux d’un accident, la combinaison de simulation chirurgicale en traumatologie (Surgical Cut Suit) permet aux premiers intervenants et aux médecins de s’exercer aux procédures d’urgence médicales et chirurgicales sur des patients avec des lésions traumatiques et blessures sévères simulées.

Strategic Operations, une entreprise de San Diego (États-Unis), simule des scénarios d’intervention médicale sur les lieux d’un accident en faisant appel à la magie d’Hollywood » avec des environnements de formation ultra-réalistes comprenant des effets spéciaux, des acteurs et des blessures simulées. Strategic Operations a mis au point une gamme de produits de simulation médicale que des acteurs ou des patients simulés peuvent porter pour permettre une simulation interactive en temps réel avec des patients simulés victimes de traumatismes. Les combinaisons de simulation chirurgicale en traumatologie (Surgical Cut Suit) et de simulation en secourisme en situation de combat (Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)/EMS Cut Suit) peuvent également être mises sur un mannequin pour augmenter le réalisme d’un scénario.

Strategic Operations a créé une remarquable gamme de produits de simulation qui s’ajoute à notre catalogue et que nous pouvons utiliser de concert avec des patients simulés et nos simulateurs de patients afin de diversifier les scénarios de formation en traumatologie, a déclaré le Dr Robert Amyot, président de CAE Santé. Comme CAE Santé, Strategic Operations a fait appel à des leaders d’opinion et des experts cliniques pour mettre au point des outils de formation pour des scénarios de soins médicaux d’urgence qui sont courants, mais pour lesquels il est impossible de s’exercer sur de vrais patients, dans le but commun de sauver plus de vies

Les combinaisons de simulation chirurgicale en traumatologie (Surgical Cut Suit) et de simulation en secourisme en situation de combat (Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)/EMS Cut Suit) ont été mises au point pour traiter les trois principales causes de décès sur les champs de bataille : hémorragie, obstruction des voies respiratoires et pneumothorax sous tension. Les combinaisons de simulation chirurgicale en traumatologie permettent de s’exercer sur un patient simulé atteint d’une grave hémorragie interne ou de sévères lésions d’organes, des lieux d’un accident jusqu’au transport du patient, en passant par l’intervention chirurgicale. Strategic Operations a récemment attiré l’attention des médias lorsque sa combinaison de simulation a été utilisée en état d’apesanteur dans le ciel d’Ottawa (Canada) dans le but de simuler une intervention chirurgicale de sauvetage dans l’environnement le plus hostile : l’espace. (articles en anglais : et

La combinaison de simulation chirurgicale en traumatologie (Surgical Cut Suit) fait partie d’un programme de formation unique offert à l’école d’ostéopathie de la Rocky Vista University, au Colorado, et mis au point avec notre aide, a ajouté Stu Segall, président de Strategic Operations. En plus des pathologies, la combinaison de simulation chirurgicale en traumatologie permet de simuler diverses procédures : maîtrise d’une hémorragie à l’aide d’un garrot ou en suturant ou agrafant des organes internes, ligature artérielle ou clampage artériel, cricothyrotomie, thoracentèse par trocart, suture d’organes internes et de la peau ainsi que l’établissement d’un accès veineux périphérique. Les deux combinaisons sont personnalisables selon le scénario voulu et peuvent être réparées en vue d’utilisations ultérieures.

Strategic Operations a également mis au point un système de pompe pour du sang simulé que l’on peut commander à distance, des combinaisons de simulation de lésion secondaires à une explosion pour simuler le traitement d’hémorragies graves au-dessus du genou et au-dessus d’un garrot, un outil de formation en secourisme en situation de combat 6 en 1, ainsi qu’un torse simulé servant à offrir des formations sur diverses procédures visant à dégager les voies respiratoires et à rétablir la respiration.

CAE Santé et Strategic Operations feront une démonstration de ces produits à des conférences en médecines civiles et militaires à venir et à l’International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (réunion annuelle sur la simulation en soins de santé) qui aura lieu à San Diego en janvier 2016.

À propos de Strategic Operations

Strategic Operations Inc, dans le giron de Stu Segall Productions, un studio cinématographique complet basé à San Diego (Californie), offre des services et des produits de formation ultra-réalistes (Hyper-RealisticMC) aux organismes militaires, aux organismes responsables de l’application des lois et aux autres organismes responsables de la sécurité intérieure. L’entreprise fait appel à des effets spéciaux cinématographiques pour simuler des situations de combat et des blessures de combat, des acteurs, des leaders d’opinion, des scénarios de formation et des systèmes de simulation médicale tels que la combinaison de simulation en traumatologie (Cut Suit) dans le but de créer les environnements de formation les plus uniques de l’industrie. Au cours des 13 dernières années, Strategic Operations a offert des services de formation ultra-réalistes à plus de 750 000 premiers intervenants d’organismes civils, militaires et organismes responsables de l’application des lois. STOPS Tactical Training Canada LLC, une filiale de Strategic Operations, a son siège social en Alberta, au Canada. Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez le .

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À propos de CAE Santé

CAE Santé fournit des outils d’apprentissage de pointe aux étudiants et aux professionnels de la santé, ce qui leur permet de s’exercer sans risque à l’aide d’une plateforme de simulation avant de mettre en application leurs aptitudes sur de réels patients. La gamme complète de solutions de simulation de CAE Santé inclut la simulation chirurgicale et la simulation de l’échographie, les programmes, la plateforme audiovisuelle de gestion de centres LearningSpace et les simulateurs de patients (nourrisson, enfant et adulte) hautement réalistes. À l’heure actuelle, près de 9 000 simulateurs et solutions audiovisuelles de CAE Santé sont utilisés dans le monde par des écoles de médecine, des écoles de soins infirmiers, des hôpitaux, des forces de défense et d’autres entités.

À propos de CAE

CAE (NYSE : CAE; TSX : CAE) est un chef de file mondial en prestation de formation dans les domaines de l’aviation civile, de la défense et sécurité, et des soins de santé. Nous concevons et intégrons les solutions de formation les plus complètes de l’industrie, grâce aux connaissances et au savoir-faire de nos 8 000 employés, de nos technologies de simulation de renommée mondiale et de notre réputation en matière de service et d’innovation technologique s’échelonnant sur sept décennies. Notre présence mondiale est la plus vaste de l’industrie, avec 160 établissements et centres de formation situés dans 35 pays, y compris les activités de nos coentreprises, et le plus important parc de simulateurs de vol au monde. Chaque année, nous formons plus de 120 000 membres d’équipage civils et militaires, ainsi que des milliers de professionnels de la santé.

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Damage Control Surgery in a Weightless Environment

Posted June 26, 2015

Torso bleeding remains the most preventable cause of post-traumatic death worldwide. Remote damage control resuscitation (RDCR) endeavours to rescue the most catastrophically injured, but has not focused on prehospital surgical torso hemorrhage control (HC). We examined the logistics and metrics of intraperitoneal packing in weightlessness in Parabolic flight (0g) compared to terrestrial gravity (1g) as an extreme example of surgical RDCR.

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Fourth Annual Intensive Surgical Skills Course (ISSC) Week - May 2015

Posted May 25, 2015

This annual event was held at the Strategic Operations facilities and featured the patented Human-worn Surgical Simulator (" Cut Suit") and Hyper-Realistic, immersive, interactive simulations form point-of-injury (overturned cares, high-rise fires, industrial accidents for civilian scenarios - to RPGs, IEDs, and explosions for military scenarios), with Federal and local firefighters, police, SWAT Teams, EMTs, paramedics, and military personnel participating.

Strategic Operations, Inc. (STOPS) developed this course with Dr. Anthony J. LaPorta and Rocky Vista University (RVU) Osteopathic School of Medicine in Colorado.

The American College of Surgeons/AEI in March 2015 called the ISSC curriculum a “best practice.”

Other Coverage

KPBS San Diego - 25 Medical Students Come To San Diego For Real-Life Training

The San Diego Union-Tribune - 'Cut Suits' add realism to trauma training

Emergency Simulation Trains First Responders

Posted July 28, 2014

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Local first responders took part in an ultra-realistic emergency drill Monday involving an explosion with mass casualties.

The drill was staged by Strategic Operations, a part of the Stu Segall movie production company. Creators at the Kearny Mesa lot use movie techniques to make the training more realistic. They say the more real the training environment, the better the body adapts to stress.

“To get the heart rate up and to be able to work under actual stressful environments. To make the correct decisions at the correct time,” physician’s assistant trainee Kellen Gumm said.

This is the 12th year Strategic Operations has staged this type of training.

Face of Defense: Troops Train with Surgical 'Cut Suits'

Posted May 20, 2014

By Army Staff Sgt. Carrie A. Castillo
Army Reserve Medical Command

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San Diego Business Journal - Companies’ Realistic Simulations Bring Home the Lessons of War

By Brad Graves

Posted November 25, 2013

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CITYLAB - Boston Is One of the Best Prepared U.S. Cities to Handle a Crisis

By Henry Grabar

Posted April 19, 2013

The city conducted vivid, citywide disaster simulations in 2011 and 2012.

Excerpt: The drills are intended to be strikingly lifelike. Urban Shield has worked with Strategic Operations, a Hollywood effects company that also helps prepare army medics for the battlefield. (Their disaster scenario staff, Baker says, include an amputee.) With a generous helping of moulage, their drills aim to force officials to confront both the logistical and atmospheric challenges of a disaster.

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NBC7 San Diego - Troops Endure Hyper-Realistic Training

Posted March 14, 2013

Military officials have special combat training that provides the element of urban warfare. Lea Sutton reports.

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Army Technology - Total Immersion: Military Training Gets Real

By Chris Lo

Posted January 3, 2013

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Fox5 - Zombies Attack in San Diego... Sort of

by Kristy Wolski

Posted November 1, 2012

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SDNews - National Security Summit to Close Paradise Point to Public Oct. 29-Nov. 2

Posted October 25, 2012

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Strategic Operations, BSG Put Journalists Through New Hostile Environment Training

Posted October 11, 2012

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Army Technology – ‘Blast Trousers’ to Teach Treating Groin Wounds

By Gidget Fuentes

Posted September 11, 2012

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11th MEU MRF Training - 9 Aug 2012

Posted August 26, 2012

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Army Technology - Cut Suit Demo by Strategic Operations

Posted August 22, 2012

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Army Technology – Simulators Could End Training on Live Animals

Posted August 22, 2012

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Army Technology – Special Operations Exercise in Tampa Looks, Feels Real

Posted August 22, 2012

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Army Technology – Medical Suit Trains Corpsmen How to Save Lives

Posted August 21, 2012

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Army Technology – Will Sims Replace Animals in Trauma Training?

Posted July 30, 2012

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NAS North Island Conducts Anti-Terrorism Exercise

Posted March 29, 2012

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The San Diego Union-Tribune – Navy Tests Defense to Terrorist ‘Attack’ on Bay

Posted March 22, 2012

The San Diego Union-Tribune – Use of Pigs in Training Classes Sparks Protest

March 13, 2012

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The San Diego Union Tribune - San Diego Company Simulates Battle, Bullets, Blood

Posted May 9, 2011

Strategic Operations sets up realistic training for combat, drug houses and ship seizures

By Emily Vizzo, Special to the U-T

The Wall Street Journal - In This Afghanistan, Bombs Don't Kill

Posted March 10, 2011


A Company Uses Hollywood-Style Sets and Special Effects to Help Soldiers Prepare for War; Real Amputees Play Roles

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(Related Link: Tour a Marine Corps’ mock Afghan town training facility with WSJ reporter Yochi Dreazen.)

Strategic Operations Debuts BUG-V Target

Posted November 29, 2010

Strategic Operations, a San Diego based company specializing in Hyper-Realistic™ training environments for military, law enforcement and homeland security, will debut its new Ballistic Unmanned Ground Vehicle (BUGV-Target) at I/ITSEC, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training show for the military, November 29 to December 2. Strategic Operations will be at Booth 2913.

The BUGV-Target is a remote controlled mobile target that combines a Hyper-Realistic™ civilian lightweight foam vehicle body with an armored platform to accomplish a variety of training missions, including Live-Fire Vehicle Check Point/Entry Control Point/VCP/ECP training, Live-Fire Sniper Training, Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED). The BUG-Target is a system that includes a lightweight foam vehicle body over a ballistic steel enclosure over a remote controlled robotic chassis.

The BUGV-Target’s expendable body is made out of lightweight foam and can look like any number of vehicles: a sedan, a taxi, a bongo truck, a pickup truck, etc. The body can withstand many impacts from small arms and machine guns up to .50 caliber and can be repaired with a patch kit. The body is lightweight and can easily be lifted off the ballistic steel enclosure and replaced. In addition, lightweight foam mannequins can be placed in driver and passenger positions. Optional visible occupant damage effects (movie-style blood squibs), with head and center mass hit indicators with remote telemetry are available. Glass window options are also available for sniper training.

The BUGV-Target’s features a specially designed 1⁄2” AR500 ballistic steel enclosure that fits over the remotely controlled robotic chassis and protects it from up to .50 cal BMG Ball M1 ammo. The foam body can easily be installed over, and lifted off of the ballistic steel enclosure.

Designed to withstand extreme environments, the BUGV-Target can operate in temperatures ranging from -10o C to 65o C and with its high traction solid rubber tires it can navigate loose and uneven terrain.

Strategic Operations Unveils Human Worn Partial Task Surgical Simulator ("Cut Suit")

Posted November 29, 2010

Strategic Operations, a San Diego based company specializing in Hyper-Realistic™ training environments for military, law enforcement and homeland security, will unveil its innovative Human Worn Partial Task Surgical Simulator (“Cut Suit”) at I/ITSEC, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training show for the military, November 29 to December 2. Strategic Operations will be at Booth 2913 and will feature daily demonstrations of the Cut Suit.

The Patent Pending “Cut Suit” is the most realistic way to simulate the look, feel and smell effects of severe traumatic events on a live human while allowing medics, combat lifesavers, soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and civilian first responders to safely perform real medical procedures on a live human. From the point of wounding, where self-aid and buddy-aid are rendered, the Medic or Corpsman renders aid, CasEvac or MedEvac is performed, treatment en route, and transition of care to the shock/trauma team and surgical intervention.

Fast Company - Military Training, Hollywood Style: Robots, Simulated Amputations, Laser Explosives

Posted October 25, 2010


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US Marine Corps Awards 'Atmospherics' Contract to Strategic Operations

Posted July 27, 2010

The United States Marine Corps has awarded Strategic Operations, Inc., a San Diego-based company specializing in Hyper-Realistic™ training environments for military, law enforcement and homeland security, a three-year contract to enhance and upgrade Marine Corps existing and future Military Operation in Urban Terrain (MOUT) facilities; Home Station Training (HST) areas and Ranges.

The existing MOUT and planned HST area facilities and surrounding Range areas suffer from the absence of cultural realism. Even though these facilities are equipped with streets and buildings, the atmosphere lacks detailed cultural realism such as ‘prop’ like items (furniture, billboards, faux foodstuffs, ersatz crops, colors and realistic facades) utilized during training scenarios.

The ‘Atmospherics’ project is designed to simulate a future or current deployable urban environment and support the war fighting skills and improve training opportunities for Marines, tenants, and joint service units aboard Marine Corps ranges at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Quantico, Virginia, Camp Pendleton, Twenty Nine Palms, Bridgeport, and China Lake in California, as well as at bases in Hawaii and Okinawa.

CBS News - This Town Was Made For Training

Posted April 22, 2006

CBS Evening News Saturday anchor Thalia Assuras reports from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where a a model of an Iraqi town — created by a Hollywood producer — trains troops for the dangers ahead.

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