Several life-size, high-fidelity patient mannequins provide students in the schools of nursing, health sciences and medicine with the opportunity to practice their clinical skills in a realistic but nurturing environment. Called SimMans®, the mannequins feature realistic anatomy and physiology and can mimic a wide range of medical conditions.
These clinical simulation experiences act as a hands-on training tool, as the patient mannequins simulate different ailments, illnesses and emergency situations. They each have a pulse you can measure, a heartbeat you can hear, breathing you can see and fluid you can withdraw with a syringe. You can inject it, shock it, give it CPR and ask it a question. With the help of a microphone and speaker, it can answer.
The Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences features several mannequins, including an infant and child. There are also teaching labs to practice on static mannequins and a pediatric and neonatal unit featuring child patient mannequins that have vital signs (VitaSims).
Students learn to take vital signs, administer medication, practice communication techniques and perform procedures. Faculty have the ability to simulate several scenarios by programming features like respiration rate and blood pressure and then evaluate the student's actions.
The simulation laboratory (SimLab) offers opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration. By practicing skills on a mannequin, students have room to make mistakes and learn from experience in a realistic and collaborative setting.