Mobile Education Lab

Miami Valley Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) educators have a new assistant. It’s a Mobile Education Laboratory on wheels or MEL for short. MVH is the first in the area to have a mobile education lab.


MEL was introduced recently to fire chiefs and EMS personnel in the greater Dayton area. The mobile lab will be rolling across southwest and west central Ohio to provide continuing emergency medicine education to physicians, nurses, paramedics, and other emergency care providers in the region.

Miami Valley Hospital’s (MVH) Level l Trauma ProgramCareFlight Air & Mobile Services and EMS Outreach Education have always had a very strong outreach education focus. Through the use of a human simulator, video presentations, and hands-on training, the program at MVH now takes this knowledge on the road. With MEL, the training is even more life-like and interactive. The video component allows several of those being trained to have hands-on experience and watch their peers in action.

Creating Real-Life Emergencies

It’s what’s inside of MEL that makes it a special, interactive, high-tech training lab. MEL’s 44-foot floor plan features a realistic ambulance setting and a hospital operating room. A recording/observation room is also part of the design.

MEL Floor Plan

Using a life-like patient simulator called iStan, educators recreate real patient scenarios in the ambulance or hospital setting. Scenarios can be digitally recorded and played back so the instructor and students can review exercises to identify and correct techniques.

MEL allows Miami Valley Hospital to take its outreach education to a new level. For patients who are critically ill or injured, this is a major benefit. Emergency personnel in our region routinely come in contact with complicated medical cases. MEL allows MVH educators to create realistic situations that help area EMS personnel develop the skills they need to treat these complicated cases.

For more information on MEL, please call (937) 208-2803.

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