Emerging Trends in Medical Training & Education - American Hospital Supply

Emerging Trends in Medical Training & Education

Brian Barkeley ·

The medical field is constantly evolving and rapidly moving towards technology-driven learning. Artificial intelligence (AI) in medical education is revolutionizing the field by developing virtual patients, diagnostic tools, AI-enabled models, and individualized learning platforms. Modern training manikins incorporate state-of-the-art technology to make them more realistic and successful in training medical professionals, nurses, and students.  American Hospital Supply, a leader in providing medical training tools, offers a diverse range of manikins that cater to varying levels of fidelity and specific training needs. This comprehensive guide delves into the classifications of training manikins, highlighting some of the most innovative products reshaping medical training.

Classifications of Training Manikins

Training manikins are classified based on their fidelity - a term that refers to the realism and complexity of the manikin. The fidelity level determines how closely a manikin can mimic human anatomy and physiological responses, influencing the scope and depth of training it can provide.

Low-Fidelity Training Manikins

Low-fidelity manikins are basic, static models primarily used for teaching fundamental medical procedures and techniques. These manikins are particularly useful for beginners, offering an introductory platform for practicing basic life support skills, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). They are simple in design, focusing on specific skills rather than comprehensive clinical scenarios.

Low-fidelity training manikins are foundational tools in medical and nursing education, providing a practical and effective means for learners to acquire basic skills. They are particularly beneficial due to their simplicity, durability, and focus on fundamental techniques. They can be used alongside other educational resources like instructional videos, lectures, or textbooks to enhance the overall learning experience by providing a hands-on component. Products like CPR training manikins are excellent for CPR training, providing a cost-effective, straightforward solution for foundational training in clinics and medical schools.

Medium Fidelity Training Manikins

Medium-fidelity manikins represent a step up in complexity and realism. These models incorporate more advanced features, including better anatomical detail and limited physiological responses. They are particularly suited for more intricate procedures and bridging the gap between basic training and high-fidelity simulations. In addition to fundamental limb movement and pulse simulation, these devices offer simulated pupil responses, respiration sounds, heart sounds, and palpable anatomy. Certain training models facilitate the generation of dynamic and intricate training scenarios, which simulate a wide range of patient reactions and complications.

An excellent example in this category is the Blue Phantom Central Line Trainer, which is designed to offer realistic practice for invasive procedures like central line insertions. This medium fidelity model helps trainees develop essential skills in a controlled environment, reducing the learning curve before transitioning to live clinical settings.

They balance the simplicity of low-fidelity models with the advanced features of high-fidelity ones, offering a more comprehensive and interactive training experience. These manikins are ideal for learners who have moved beyond basic skills and are ready to engage in more complex scenarios. By integrating these manikins into their training programs, educational institutions can significantly enhance the preparedness and proficiency of their learners, ultimately leading to better patient care outcomes.

High-Fidelity Training Manikins

High-fidelity training manikins are designed to simulate real-life medical emergencies and patient responses, providing a highly realistic and interactive training experience. These manikins are equipped with sophisticated features like programmable vital signs, natural anatomy, and even the ability to simulate drug interactions. Their skin has a lifelike texture, their eyes can flutter and respond to varying light conditions, and they even incorporate synthetic muscles that enable realistic movement during medical procedures. The presence of pulsating arteries, audible stomach gurgles, and reactive pupils provides immediate feedback to trainees, thereby enhancing their clinical skills and decision-making capabilities, particularly under pressure.

The functionalities of these high-fidelity manikins are not confined to mere anatomical replication. They are engineered to facilitate the creation of intricate medical scenarios. In these scenarios, the manikins' vital signs are programmed to fluctuate in response to the learners' actions, creating a dynamic and interactive learning environment. This interactive and responsive training environment is instrumental in developing critical skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, and rapid response, all within a safe and controlled setting.

The CAE Juno Nursing Skills Training Manikin is a prime example, offering a wide range of patient scenarios and conditions to mimic the complexities of patient care in real-life settings. High-fidelity manikins are invaluable for advanced medical training, allowing healthcare professionals to practice and refine their skills in a risk-free environment.

AI-Enabled Training Manikins

The latest advancement in medical training manikins is the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI-enabled manikins represent the cutting edge of medical training technology, offering a dynamic and highly interactive training experience. These manikins can adapt to different training scenarios, provide real-time feedback, and simulate complex patient interactions. These intelligent training tools use AI algorithms to adapt their vital signs and responses based on the learner's interventions. For instance, an incorrect diagnosis might cause the manikin's virtual blood pressure to rise. At the same time, a successful procedure could result in a simulated sigh of relief. This dynamic interaction between the trainee and the manikin fosters a realistic training environment, enhancing both technical skills and critical thinking.

The Alex Manikin is a groundbreaking example in this category, setting new standards in medical education. With its AI capabilities, the Alex Manikin offers a more responsive and adaptive learning experience, closely mimicking real-life patient interactions and medical emergencies. This technology enhances the learning experience and prepares medical professionals for the unpredictable nature of patient care.

However, integrating AI into medical training also brings challenges, including ethical concerns related to data privacy and equitable access to such technology. The complexity of developing and maintaining AI systems necessitates significant investment and the need for skilled personnel. Despite these challenges, the advantages of AI-enabled training manikins are clear. These advanced simulators represent a considerable progression in medical education, playing a crucial role in improving patient care. They equip healthcare professionals with the necessary skills and adaptability to navigate the complexities of modern medicine.

Top Training Manikins at American Hospital Supply (AHS) 

Alex Manikin (Alex Simulation Manikin)

The Alex Simulation Manikin is a state-of-the-art training tool that bridges the gap between traditional learning and real-life clinical experience. Its AI-driven features allow for a more interactive and personalized training experience. The Alex Manikin can simulate various clinical scenarios, from basic assessments to complex medical emergencies. It is an invaluable asset in medical education. 

Rescue Randy

Rescue Randy is specifically designed for training in rescue and emergency scenarios. This manikin provides a realistic weight and anatomy, making it ideal for practicing high-stakes, physically demanding maneuvers in a safe training environment. It's a crucial tool for preparing first responders and medical professionals for real-world rescue operations.

Blue Phantom Ultrasound Training Model

The Blue Phantom Ultrasound Training Model offers a lifelike sonographic training experience. It's designed to aid professionals in developing proficiency in ultrasound-guided procedures, a skill increasingly vital in modern medical practice. The model's realistic anatomy and texture provide an authentic feel, enhancing the learning experience.

Blue Phantom Ultrasound Training Block

The Blue Phantom Ultrasound Training Block is an excellent tool for more focused ultrasound training. It allows for targeted practice on specific body parts and conditions, making it an essential asset for medical professionals specializing in ultrasound diagnostics and interventions.


In conclusion, the emergence of advanced training manikins like the Alex Manikin and the continued use of various fidelity-level manikins marks a significant step forward in medical training and education. American Hospital Supplies remains at the forefront of this evolution, offering a range of products that cater to the diverse needs of the medical training community. By embracing these emerging trends, medical professionals can enhance their skills, improving patient care and outcomes.

For more information on these innovative training manikins, please visit American Hospital Supplies. 

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American Hospital Supply (AHS): Shop for  Training Blocks and AI-Enabled Manikins

Catering to a wide range of professionals, including nurses, emergency responders, medical students, and hospitals, AHS offers an extensive selection of practice manikins, AED trainers, and other essential items. These products are sourced from renowned companies such as Blue Phantom and TERI, ensuring quality and reliability. Beyond essential training tools, AHS's inventory includes specialized equipment like Ultrasound and Vascular Access Trainers. This category features Ultrasound Training Models, Pediatric Training Manikins, Anesthesia Training Blocks, and Biopsy Training Models. Each product is designed to cater to specific training needs, ensuring that healthcare professionals are well-equipped with the necessary skills to provide high-quality patient care.


This blog is intended solely for educational purposes. Any information related to medical supplies and personal healthcare should be considered general information, not professional medical advice. American Hospital Supply recommends consulting your doctor regarding any medical treatments or therapies referenced. American Hospital Supply does not make representations or warranties regarding the information relating to products or healthcare decisions referenced within this blog.

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