A soldier can wear a “cut suit” — officially called the Human Worn Partial Task Surgical Simulator — during medical drills.
Weighing about 30 pounds, the suit is equipped with various fake organs, including a bladder, kidneys, veins and skin that can be cut, sliced, sutured and removed.
The “cut suit” is the brainchild of Stu Segall, a Hollywood producer and president of Strategic Operations, a San Diego-based tactical training company that has helped train thousands of Marines and sailors.
“You can do a lot of things on a mannequin, but when you do it on a human being, it’s a totally different dimension,” said Kit Lavell, executive vice president and a retired Marine Corps fighter pilot.
The suit features breakable bones including ribs and sternum, and interchangeable organs, such as hearts that beat at different rates.
The skin is repairable for up to 50 uses, and it’s detailed with layers of dermis and fatty tissue.