October 24, 2011Volume 1, Issue 3
Title V Team
Debbie AmaroSarah AranyakulNicole CisnerosLeah HalperRobin KreiderFran LozanoJosie OlivaresMary Ann SanidadLeslie TenneyKaren Warren
Pilots, police,firefighters, and astronauts useit: Simulation for training andeducation. They learn withcomplex live-simulatedsituations. All these professionshave something in common.They serve the public.Simulation is great because theycan learn without injuringanyone.Now, doctors and nursesare getting into the act. Fromthis idea, new technology isavailable for medicalsimulation. Human simulationtechnology can allow studentsat all levels to learn proceduresand patient care without risk toa real patient. Veteran nursesand doctors can also use it toimprove or hone their skills, orlearn a new procedure.Simulation technologyenhances understanding andskill, and increases studentsuccess.Human simulators arecomputer-programmable life-size manikins. They have heartbeats, breathing sounds, bowelsounds and can groan, cough,and cry. There are adult-size,child-size, infant and newborn
Human Simulation Technology Arrives atthe Allied Health Department.
sizes. They are programmed forwhatever scenario the instructorhas planned for them. They canbe programmed for just about anymedical situation. The trick is tomake it as real as possible. Usingmoulage techniques, the manikincan simulate open skinlacerations or surgery sites.Human simulators can beused to learn at any level. Anentry level student, for example,a certified nursing assistant, maybe required to demonstratecommunication, use safetyprecautions or perform vitalsigns. As students progressthrough the program, the skilllevel increases and they mayneed to assess the humansimulator patient, make criticaldecisions and take the necessaryaction. Hopefully, they will get itright, but if they don’t, they canpractice until they are competentwithout harm to an actual patient.When students go into thehospital for clinical rotations,they are more comfortable andconfident with their level of clinical skills.(cont. on page 2)