HealthWatch: Sim-Man

Published 08/24 2014 10:54PM

Updated 11/14 2014 11:08AM

Green Bay (WFRV)  Getting hands on training is very important in the medical field.

Sometimes real life medical emergencies can be difficult to come by.  So medical personnel have to practice on robotic mannequins.
Advanced patient simulators can cry, bleed, convulse, go into cardiac arrest and do any number of things that humans do when their bodies are malfunctioning. They're designed to help train emergency workers to save lives. Now Aroura BayCare Medical Center has three.

The Sim-Man acts just like a real patient would when having a heart attack.

"He will make all the same noises a patient will make, heart sounds, lung sounds, we can make him bleed, we can make him urinate, I can make him sweat like he's having a heart attack and he will talk and answer questions and interact with the learners," explained Lisa Koehler, Nurse Educator, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Sim-Mom performs just like a real mom going into labor.

"We can go through and we can deliver a baby.  We can make it a normal birth, we can put some complications in there like when the baby comes out there is a cord wrapped around the neck," said Koehler.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center will use the two new patient simulators to train medical personnel in real life-like medical emergencies.

"We put a scenario out in front of a group of learners and they work their way through it.  And Sim-Man responds based on what their interventions are," explained Koehler. 

The neo-natal intensive care unit has used a Sim-Baby for over 2 years.

"Resuscitating infants after birth is typically what we're using it for.  Or shortly after birth if there is a scenario that should happen where the baby would stop breathing or aspirate or something like that," explained Edelyn Cash, Nurse Clinician, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Sim-Baby has proved helpful in training.

"Before we used to pretend, now you actually intubate the patient, we can put an umbilical line in the patient, we can give her medications, we can give her chest compressions and it has that real life feel of chest compressions.  Whereas before, on a CPR doll or mannequin that isn't breathing you can't get the same feel," said Cash. 

It's real life-like training designed to save lives.

"It builds critical thinking skills.  It builds assessment skills.  I think this will make patient care in the entire hospital better," said Koehler.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the only area hospital that has a Sin-Mom.

To learn more call Aurora BayCare at 866-938-0035 or email mailto://

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