Training for Elder Care Now Going High-Tech

A ground-breaking new medical training facility, one focusing on the care of older patients, was just opened. The Simulation Lab for the Education of Nurses in the Care of Older Adults, at the College of Staten Island Department of Nursing, is a state-of-the art facility for nursing students. Students can study geriatric home-care on campus either in a simulated nursing home or in-home setting which includes a bed, lavatory, the latest in nursing equipment, and a mannequin. Nursing students “care” for the mannequin, following all medical procedures, and monitoring daily needs. Care is viewed by instructors via a two-way mirror for feedback or through videotaping. In this way, students can receive instruction and correction without ever endangering or stressing out an actual patient. . The lab was funded in part by a $100,000 grant from the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men.

A simulated medical environment is nothing new, but more and more facilities are using high-end mannequins to help medical students train with less patient pain. In Kennebec, Maine, medical students work with “Heart,” a $30,000, anatomically correct mannequin that can simulate breathing, blinking, sweating, bleeding and even seizures.

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