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Computerized manikin provides training for medical emergencies

Jefferson House Executive Director Sue Vinal, left, and Director of Nursing Services Robyn Beaulieu discuss the simulated vital signs displayed by a computerized manikin during an introductory training event held Feb. 20 at Jefferson House.
Jefferson House Executive Director Sue Vinal, left, and Director of Nursing Services Robyn Beaulieu discuss the simulated vital signs displayed by a computerized manikin during an introductory training event held Feb. 20 at Jefferson House.

NEWINGTON – A demonstration of a computerized simulation manikin recently gave staff at Jefferson House, a skilled nursing facility, a first look at the innovative technology which will give them hands-on training in potentially life-saving procedures.

The intensive education on the highly advanced model will provide staff with the experience to evaluate lifelike vital signs, including dilated pupils, pulse, breath rate, body temperature, oxygen saturation and other symptoms that could signal a medical emergency. This type of manikin is specifically tailored for skilled nursing facility care and will provide essential training for responding to actual medical problems such as cardiac arrest, strokes, severe allergic reactions and airway obstructions.

This computerized simulation manikin – nicknamed “Charlie Jefferson” – and the training program as well as the transport cargo van was funded by a grant from the Jefferson House Institute.

A nurse educator and simulation technician from the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) at Hartford Hospital will also train skilled nursing care staff at Jerome Home in New Britain and Southington Care Center, two Central Connecticut Senior Health Services skilled nursing facilities.

“The goal is to provide a safe learning environment where staff can learn new techniques for patient care and practice them on the manikin,” said Amanda Watkins, RN, BSN, CCRN, mobile simulation instructor.

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