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Talking mannequins give nursing students vital signs

By Patrick Nelson

Bachelor of Nursing student, Candice Hatch, examines one of the mannequins Bachelor of Nursing student, Candice Hatch, examines one of the mannequins

Seven new medical mannequins have been unveiled during a recent clinical training course for nurses at Charles Darwin University’s Alice Springs campus.

Each of the state-of-the-art mannequins had been programmed to simulate behaviour consistent with a series of common clinical conditions.

Senior Lecturer in Nursing Robin Cross said each of the $7800 “patients” was a welcome addition to the training ward, where third-year Bachelor of Nursing students were undertaking clinical training.

“(The mannequins) can be programmed to speak in any language, to mimic human emotions and to reflect a broad spectrum of human conditions,” Mrs Cross said.

“They emit all the normal vital signs and can respond to questions in real time, allowing us to provide students with a much better simulated experience.

“One of the mannequins went into cardiac arrest during the clinical emergency session and another experienced a severe asthma attack.

“Students were assessed on how they responded to the situation and how well they managed the patient.”

Mrs Cross said the primary focus of the training block was to consolidate knowledge and reinforce a broad range of clinical skills among the 19 third-year students.