Posted on March 26, 2015 by Olga Ignatovets
The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing is one of the many nursing schools that is currently using SimMen for clinical practices. Before students can go into actual hospitals, they are able to practice their skills in controlled environments such as Room 104.
Room 104 is very similar to a room in any hospital. The only major difference is that the patients in this room are simulation models and not real human beings. Even though these patients are only practice models, it is necessary to treat them like real patients.
The first simulation model happens to be a man and he is complaining of heart pain and trouble breathing. The model actually has a heartbeat and the nursing student can listen to the heart and hear that same sounds that would be heard in a human being’s heart.
The simulation models also weight about the same as an average human adult would. Their hands are very similar to human hands. Some of the models can even be programed to respond to touch.
Student nurses also have an opportunity to practice complex procedures on these simulation models. Instead of making mistakes on people, these students can practice on the models and this will decrease the amount of mistakes made in healthcare facilities. This SimMan has had a tracheostomy performed.
The Sim Man can do many fascinating things and many fascinating procedures can be performed on the Sim Man. However, the Sim Man’s most fascinating trait is his ability to respond to questions that you ask him!
Photography and Text by Olga Ignatovets, Copyright 2015
About the Author: Olga Ignatovets is a sophomore enrolled in the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017.