Students practice saving lives in high-stress environment

Performing a real-life emergency drill on a robotic replica of a human has got to be the closest representation students can get to the real experience in preparation for future emergencies, according to Lea Keesee, director of the Midland College SimLife Center.

The preparation for these nursing and paramedic students takes the form of monthly practice code blue drills at the SimLife Center.

These drills take place eight times a month in preparation for a real life worst-case scenario. Students perform drills on adult human models as well as infants.

“These believable scenarios are created to train the students to use CPR to revive a dying patient,” Keesee said. “The SimLife Center is a fantastic tool to help students transition from lab to life.”

Some of the code blue drills are practiced in hospital rooms located in the Davidson Health Science building.

Students are placed in a room with a model patient in a hospital setting, equipped with a heart monitor and other technology to monitor the patient’s health.

The medical students then participate in a life-or-death simulation created by the instructors from the control room.

The control room is located near a room used by students for their practice sessions.

In the control room, the instructors can watch the students from a screen and control the state of the patient who the students are trying to save.

After the procedure is finished, there is a debriefing in which the instructors enter the room and inform the students on what they did or did not do correctly.

“The students work together to save the life of a model human being. Whether the model is an adult or a baby, the student’s have to learn to work together under stress and pressure,” Keesee said.IMG_0377

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