Nov. 7, 2007
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Topeka, Kan. — There’s a new patient at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, and it looks like this guy will be staying awhile.

METI Man, a human patient simulator used for health care teaching and training, has moved into the new Education Lab, located in the southwest office area on the second level of the Surgical Suites building.

An open house for Stormont-Vail staff, Baker School of Nursing students and staff, and donors was held Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Education Lab.

“METI technology provides a useful tool of clinical simulation to assist students and staff members to anticipate the physiological effects of interventions, as well as help enhance critical thinking and decision-making skills in patient care,” said Carol Perry, vice president and chief nursing officer of Stormont-Vail HealthCare.

The human simulator is a joint project of Stormont-Vail HealthCare and the Baker School of Nursing. The project was made possible by funding from Stormont-Vail Foundation, Christ’s Hospital Corp., Stormont-Vail HealthCare and Baker University.

Baker School of Nursing Dean Kathleen Harr said she was grateful to the donors whose contributions made the purchase of the human simulator and establishment of the new education lab possible.

“It is exciting to offer nursing students and staff the opportunity to learn using this new technology,” she said.

The METI Man, a full-sized mannequin developed by Medical Education Technologies Inc., is a learning platform that allows students and health care professionals to practice interventions, but not on real patients. The goal is to improve patient safety and ultimately save more lives.

Dr. Harr said the METI simulator’s responses are so real that students sometimes forget that it is not a real person.

The human simulator can endure heart attacks, collapsed lungs, severe strokes, and a variety of other ailments that can be programmed via an integrated computer system. The program is designed so that if his health condition changes, corresponding vital signs change accordingly.

The simulator also comes pre-programmed with multiple patient scenarios, from a young healthy person to an older person who may have pre-existing conditions, as well as habits such as smoking. Because of the differences in patients, students and staff can then see how various interventions may affect those individuals.

Students can learn effective lifesaving techniques and clinical management of conditions ranging from the simple to complex, as well as get practice taking vital signs.