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Healthwise: Sim-Man

October 26, 2011

A new tool at the Martha Jefferson Hospital is giving health care workers a new kind of hands-on learning.

For this week's segment of Martha Jefferson Healthwise, CBS19's Stephanie Satchell highlights Martha Jefferson Hospital's new Clinical Simulation Learning Center and shows how it is using high-tech mannequins to teach new lessons.

He breaths and even coughs. His name is Sim-Man and he is one of the newest additions to Martha Jefferson's Clinical Simulation Learning Center.

"There are many basic skills that we can learn or improve upon, but really it is the more critical thinking aspects that Sim-Man and high fidelity mannequins can help us do," explained Jennifer Gaines, a coordinator with the Simulation Center.

Health care workers and even area college students can come sharpen their skills at the Clinical Simulation Center, it does not matter if it is their first day on the job, or if they have been around for twenty years.

"It's a great opportunity for people to practice things in a safe environment and to repeat these skills over and over until they feel more comfortable, so when they are doing it on an actual patient it is not the first time they have done that," said Mina Ford a Clinical Nurse Educator.

From emergency or trauma simulations, to routine tasks, Sim-Man and other mannequins are making a difference in hands-on learning.

"Some are tasks trainers which do certain skills, such as passing tubes and IVs and things, and then we have more high fidelity mannequins which actually have sounds of the heart, lung and stomach," said Gaines.

However, it is not just the high-tech mannequins that are enhancing the Clinical Simulation Learning Center. There is also more space at the new center, so multiple groups can use the facility.


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