The Anatomy of a High-Fidelity Simulation Manikin

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Sam, the College of Nursing’s old high-fidelity manikin

The College of Nursing recently purchased new high-fidelity manikins for the NLC. As each needs a name in order to differentiate one from another, the college decided to let its students name the manikins. For those of you who are wondering what these high-tech patient simulators are, here is a little more information.

The nursing simulation lab uses four METIman high-fidelity patient simulators—computerized, interactive, life-sized manikins that can be programmed to provide realistic patient responses and outcomes to nursing care.

The tetherless system uses a Müse operating software interface to program custom simulated clinical experiences, and it allows data back-up and sharing with a Wi-Fi connection. The TouchPro wireless patient monitor displays customized data such as ECG, pulse oximeter, blood pressure, and applicable waveforms.

The system responds to bag-valve-mask ventilation, intubation, defibrillation, chest-tube placement, pacing, and CPR compressions, and it allows students to perform gastric lavage and subclavian IV injections, with bleeding and fluid drainage sites included. It can automatically calculate 68 intravenous and inhaled medications, with responses that are automatic, dose-dependent, or follow an appropriate timecourse.

These devices are quite realistic, with reactive pupils, blinking eyes, pre-recorded sounds and voices, and the ability to create customized messages via a wireless microphone. They breathe depicting bilateral and unilateral chest rise and fall (offering breath sounds, heart tones, and palpable pulses) and have airway management features that include the ability to suction airway secretions, aspirate and infuse fluids, perform a cricothyrotomy, or treat a bronchial occlusion.

It is the goal of the college to eventually have an endowment fund to replenish the high-fidelity manikins every five years to ensure that learning opportunities are at the leading edge of the nursing industry. Each manikin—with warranty, support, and yearly maintenance—is $80,000 to replace.

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