Last month you may have seen what looked like an ordinary semi-trailer
truck sitting in the parking lot at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. But
it was not your ordinary delivery truck. It was a mobile training center
with over a million dollars’ worth of equipment inside.
Inside the trailer, nurses receive training in critical care procedures
used in such things as pediatric trauma cases, neonatal opiate addicted
babies, and cardiac emergency care. The simulated patients that they work
on are not just plastic dummies, they are state of the art “simulated
humans.” You can put your finger on their neck and feel their pulse.
You can watch the baby’s chest rise and fall with each breath. You
can take its temperature or monitor its heart rate or blood pressure.
You can administer medications and watch the results on your monitoring
equipment. You can even talk to the babies and they can talk back. They
can cry and laugh. As Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Padilla put it, they
are “freakishly alive.”
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