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It talks, it blinks, it breathes and it performs…well, pretty much every human bodily function.

It’s the new patient simulator at UMMC that will be used to improve patient care and safety. It allows new students to practice basic nursing skills and veteran nurses to learn the latest technologies and use of new practices and equipment.

Kevin Aldridge, the nurse manager of new wing at UMMC, says this is a major upgrade from the rubber dummies that used to serve as teaching tools.

“With this particular device, we can actually have the student develop their critical thinking skills and decide for themselves if the patient indeed does have a pulse or to see how the patient is doing," Aldridge said. "It adds an additional element of realism to the scenarios, and it forces the student to do some critical thinking, rather than just expect the patent answer from the instructor.”

The $60,000 life-like devise was provided to UMMC at no cost thanks to CHART – the organization’s insurance carrier.

Aldridge goes on to say that this type of training can help patients reenact a real-lifre situation, without the real-life consequences.

"This helps create a greater level of confidence," he said. "It’s a little more challenging than working with a lifeless dummy, and what’s nice about this, is that if something doesn’t go right, you can just reset it, as opposed to real life where you can’t reset the situations.”

Pamela Boshart-Lynch, the director of eduation for the hospital, says the simulator is a solid teaching device for all employees.

 “We can use it as a teaching tool for patient safety issues, and old employees, new employees so we can check their competencies -- that we know what they’re doing," she said. "And it’s a nonthreatening way to do that, to do teaching where there’s not a real patient you’re not feeling that pressure, and it’s just a really safe environment to do that.” 

 

 

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