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General Purpose Manikins - Notes

The General Purpose Manikins are realistic in size, rugged and are manufactured using a flexible outer shell, inner core, and protective overall. These are the most popular models that are designed for common rescue scenarios like confined space, USA, working at height, general handling exercises, and RTA etc. There are packets sewn to a nylon inner dummy with all the body parts held in place with polypropylene webbing to provide structural integrity. The seams are double-stitched and the protective coveralls are easily washable. This helps in protecting the manikin from abrasion and dirt. They are well-balanced in order to produce an anatomically correct weight distribution, while also giving the feel of a life-like unconscious patient. These are made tough enough to be easily able to be buried under concrete, motor vehicles, trees, or can be laid upon as to present realistic scenarios for the rescuers.

The General Purpose Manikins are the training manikins that completely eliminate the risk of pinch welts and bruising being caused to the trainees. While using plastic-bodied dummies, the trainees might suffer common injuries like when a hard knee joint folds over the forearm of a trainee, but with these general purpose manikins, there is no such incident. Our manikins have no hard joints and exhibit soft outer layers.

1. Tech Note: Ruth Lee Training Manikin Coveralls
2. Care and maintenance
3. Inspection Before and After Use
4. Cleaning and Storing
5. Decontamination After Use
6. Damage and Repair

Tech Note: Ruth Lee Training Manikin Coveralls

Offering quality with their products, Ruth Lee is the sole manikin manufacturer to offer clothing along with their products. While Bullex has none, Simulaids only offers thin gym shorts but Ruth. Including coveralls, all the Ruth Lee manikins weighing 44 lbs. and above include lug sole boots. Providing a washable and replaceable layer, the strength reinforced coveralls help in protecting the manikins during rescue training but cannot be completely called as wear-proof. After a certain period of time, the coveralls must be replaced in order to protect the manikin carcass. The boots and coveralls are disposable items that should be immediately replaced to protect the manikin when you start to see the signs of wear and tear or damage. These coveralls are equivalent to the clothing normally worn by the victims and are not designed to tolerate the severities of physical agility training or firefighter drags. Coveralls are treated as clothing yet additional clothing is suggested for tough activities.

Care and Maintenance:

  • Do not deliberately drop or abuse the manikin.
  • Do not expose the manikin to fire, excessive heat or hazardous substances. Where it has to be exposed, dress the manikin in protective overalls or clothing to enhance its durability. If it becomes contaminated, it must be decontaminated before being handled again.

Inspection Before and After Use:

  • Check that they have no tears or holes that would interfere with their handling.
  • Check that none of the seams has become un-stitched and that the stitching is not worn down.
  • Check that all the labels are secure.
  • Check that nothing has become embedded in the body of the manikin. No hard material is used in the manufacture of the manikin, so anything hard will be a foreign object and it must be removed.
  • Check that none of the limbs are loose and that no part of the manikin is likely to fall loose during drills.

Cleaning and Storing:

The manikins are covered with a sturdy, colourfast canvas that, in general, will be easy to keep clean. However, if they are likely to get dirty, it is recommended that the manikins are first clothed with overalls. The overalls can then be removed and cleaned in the usual way.

  • If the manikin does become soiled, wipe it down with a damp cloth and stand it up to dry.
  • If the manikin becomes soiled with oil or other similar substances, carefully clean these off using a sparing amount of paraffin or similar cleaning fluid. Then wipe the manikin with soapy water to remove traces of the cleaning fluid.
  • If the manikin has got wet during use or through cleaning, hang it up to dry in an airy place. The manikin should dry quite quickly.
  • Although the manikin is made from rot-proof canvas, always ensure that it is completely dry before stowing it away.

Decontamination After Use:

  • If the manikin has been exposed to hazardous substances during the exercise, it must be decontaminated with the rest of the equipment. Include a warning about its weight on the bag label. If the manikin has absorbed the substances, seek specific instructions from the Hazmat Officer.

Damage and Repair:

  • There are no repair procedures for the general purpose manikins at the present time and the factory recommends that the factory be contacted for consultation.

Supplementary Note:

  • Water rescue manikin are designed to allow the ingress of water during use; it is desirable that this water is allowed to drain out after use. To aid this process, it is recommended that the manikin are hung up using the large webbing loop to the back and that the Wellingtons are removed.

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