SimMan simulates health problems for students

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 13, 2007

New technology at a South Carolina school is teaching nursing students about patient care while adding fun into the mix, The Savannah Morning News reports.

Two new SimMan mannequins, which use simulation technology to imitate real-life health problems (such as high blood pressure), were recently purchased by the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, S.C. using a $200,000 appropriation from the state budget. One of the SimMan mannequins is a child, and the other is an adult. Each can be programmed to simulate problems for the students to diagnose; if the correct actions are not taken, they can "die."

The college had already brought in three SimMan models. However, before the new models, students were primarily using the technology in the final year of the two-year program. Now, school officials say the addition of these two models will allow students to access the technology earlier in their education.

Source: The Savannah Morning News

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