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Mannequins simulate real life medical scenarios

from KSAT-TV

A simulated birth by a high-tech female mannequin may sound far-fetched, but it helps students at the University of Texas Health San Antonio School of Nursing know what to expect in real life. James Cleveland, Ph.D., director of the school’s Center for Simulation Innovation, said simulators — including one that looks, sounds and feels like a real newborn baby are valuable training tools. Cleveland said using simulation mannequins helps provide students “a safe place to make mistakes.” “Here they can be primary players. They can get used to that stress response and have that hand-over-hand experience,” Cleveland said. “That really builds confidence, skills and ultimately can save lives.” more

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