Julie Ebert (left) and Marissa Paszkiewicz, nurse assistants, perform CPR on SimMan during a nursing skills class at St. Anthony's Medical Center.
Patient simulator enhances vital nursing skills
They call him SimMan, but he's so real, the name's somewhat unbecoming. Capable of an uncanny display of muscle movement, secretions and even speech, the only thing separating the anatomically-accurate SimMan from “real man” is his inability to feel pain - making him perfectly suited for life as a medical mannequin. Hailing from Norway, SimMan is the most advanced patient simulator currently available, and “he” provides innovative training opportunities in the new nursing skills lab at St. Anthony's Medical Center.
SimMan's advanced programming allows for changing life-like symptoms based on nurses' ongoing decisions. “He will respond to their treatment choices—or even nontreatment — enabling them to critically think through scenarios and act on them in a manner that couldn't safely be done on real patients,” explains Kathy Stephens Williams, RN, staff development educator. “It is sophisticated enough to allow physicians, anesthetists and nurse practitioners to practice procedures, such as intubation and chest tube insertion; and it's portable, so the simulation experience can be used throughout the medical center,” she continues.
The purchase, made possible through a generous donation by St. Anthony's Auxiliary, enhances vital skills in a safe environment for St. Anthony's clinical staff, ultimately contributing to improved patient care.
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