SimMan 3G creeps us out
I guess you must have a pretty strong intestinal fortitude if you are going to take up medicine as your career path of choice, after all, how many of us are able to stand the sight of blood and gore without grimacing or flinching? I’d probably drop a scalpel into the patient myself after a few minutes due to the extraordinary amounts of blood (much more than those depicted in violent video games), only to be revived with smelling salts by my fellow students a short while after. Guess there is no better way to prepare someone in the medical field than with a dummy, and Laerdal Medical from Norway have come up with a new and improved version of the Resusci Anne CPR training simulator, known as the SimMan 3G. Just like the average human, the SimMan 3G can cry, bleed, convulse, go into cardiac arrest, and suffer from virtually any and every medical condition possible, allowing newbies to practise on something that’s not alive rather than on a human subject.
The SimMan 3G is capable of measuring the quality of CPR, offering students real-time feedback on compression rate, depth, release, and hands-off time as well as generating palpable pulses , blood pressure wave forms and ECG artefacts. Examiners can also test the resolve of their students by inducing various degrees of seizures and convulsions via the Instructor Mode. As part of their training, students will also be able to experience the effects of bleeding and wounds thanks to the ability of the SimMan 3G being connected to an internal blood reservoir that will bleed from both arterial and venous vessels. When hooked up to the simulator’s physiological modelling, the SimMan 3G will also react appropriately according to treatment dished out.
Other features include new eye secretions, a new and advanced Drug Recognition System which enables students to administer drugs simultaneously, responsive eye signs that include pupillary responses to light, blinks at slow, normal and fast rates, winks and open, partially open and closed reactions, vascular access in the right arm and new intraosseous access via the tibia and sternum allows for procedure accuracy.