The medical community has long believed in the value of human anatomy as an integral aspect of learning. The entire field of clinical medicine is based on hands-on care. As such, it should be conducted by professionals who are already experienced with human tissue when they set foot into the operating room or office. Likewise, first responders should also have this level of hands-on familiarity with human tissue beyond the memorization of location and biological function. According to studies, a lack of this anatomical knowledge can make it difficult to retain information related to patient care. Historically, medical institutions had required students to attend at least one cadaver lab to study anatomy. Over time, though, and across different clinical areas, including first responders, models shifted to plastic mannequins and virtual simulations. While we live in a high-tech world now, we respectfully argue that high-tech training is no substitute for authentic human tissue. Cadaver training provides students across all fields the visual and tactile experience they need to expand their capacity as clinicians.

Neither mannequins nor virtual simulations can replicate human anatomy. Numerous studies have found that healthcare professionals from surgeons to nurses to first responders demonstrate greater anatomical knowledge as a result of cadaver training. The cadaver lab extends textbook knowledge by translating it into a hands-on activity. We can only learn so much by watching and listening. We gain so much more by doing. In this way, cadaver training allows clinicians to fully integrate the techniques that they will be required to do in the field. In the area of emergency and field medicine, every minute counts. Full integration of clinical technologies and procedures can expedite the delivery of appropriate care and, at the same time, enhance the confidence of the practitioner.

Med Ed Labs is proud to offer cadaver training lab services to EMT trainees, fire department personnel, paramedics, and all other first responders. Hands-on training with a cadaver provides the most realistic experience one can receive. To learn more about our national training facilities and how we manage the details of your training course for you, contact us at (888) 801-9444.