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MH Staff Getting High-Tech, Real-Life Training

September 15, 2021

MASSENA, NY – The newest patient at Massena Hospital, blinks, breathes, talks, and has a pulse. What makes this patient so unique, is that he isn’t human.

The purchase of a SimMan® 3G and the creation of a brand new Simulation Center in the Hospital was made possible in part by an $80,000 donation from the Massena Hospital Foundation.

The SimMan is a fully animated mannequin that can be used for multiple scenarios to teach beginning to advanced learning assessment skills to nurses. 

“The mannequin can be male or female for catheterization, and have its blood pressure taken. It talks, moans, answers questions, has several pulse points, blinks, and even breathes,” stated Massena Hospital Assistant Director of Nursing/RN Educator Tammy Sue Mitchell, RN.

[Massena Hospital Assistant Director of Nursing/RN Educator Tammy Sue Mitchell listens to the “heartbeat” of the Hospital’s newly purchased SimMan®.]

“This true-to-life mannequin will provide extraordinary hands-on teaching for our brand new nurses, and enhance upon the accomplished skills of our experienced nursing staff. We can practice our emergency codes on the SimMan so we are ready for any scenario we face with a hospitalized patient or for someone brought into the Emergency Department,” she continued.

It is Ms. Mitchell’s intention to have monthly mock code training sessions for staff that include the use of the SimMan, along with bimonthly education sessions in the Simulation Center. Some of the upcoming scenarios will include sepsis, detoxification, and COVID-19.

“Continuing education is something that every nurse needs in order to stay current and competent in their skills, no matter how frequently or infrequently they are used. The addition of the SimMan provides a unique learning experience on a life-like mannequin,” she stated.

“We are grateful for the Foundation’s donation, as we were just not in a financial situation to be able to do this on our own,” Ms. Mitchell said.

“We are so very thrilled to support Hospital staff with an on-site education and training suite,” noted Foundation President Amy Page. “This wouldn’t be possible without the support of our donors and community – for that we thank you.”

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