The JSU College of Nursing held their open house for the new Simulation Center and Alacare Home Health and Hospice Suite at the Brookstone Physician Center on Monday.

Six computerized medical dummies represent various situations and display medical symptoms to better help the nursing students learn how to treat different ailments.

The sim baby allows for the students to administer IVs and use a defibrillator on an infant.

The simulated baby’s mouth will also turn blue, signifying a common condition in infants called Cyanosis.

The lack of oxygen being carried to the red blood cells causes the T-zone of the face (the nose, mouth, and eyes) to attain a blueish tint.

According to the administrating staff, blue chalk used to be used to mimic the condition before having the computerized dummies. The softness of the dummy’s head gives inclinations to whether or not the baby has swelling of the brain, as well.

An adult male, appearing to have burns to most of the upper abdomen, allows for students to open the patient’s airways and if needed, to determine the percentage of burns to the body.

Student will then use that percentage to conclude how much fluids need to be administered for the burn victim in a 24-hour time period.

The male responds with different phrases that may help the student in figuring out what the patient’s needs include.

There is an adult male defibrillator and CPR dummy whose heart monitor displays the contrast of how much pressure students apply and how much is needed to help the patient’s heart rate.

Sim junior, a dummy depicting a child of about five years old, gives the students the ability to listen to the lungs of a patient suffering from severe asthma.

This lets them monitor its oxygen levels, blood pressure and administer IVs and breathing treatments to the small child.

Lucina, or Lucy, is a simulated pregnant woman that has gone into labor and is having frequent contractions and eventually gives birth to an infant dummy, attached with an umbilical cord and placenta.

The students measure the dilation of the cervix, deliver the baby by hand, and comfort the woman through the labor as she screams from labor pains.

The name Lucina comes from the Roman goddess of childbirth.

Gabbie Arrington, a fourth semester nursing student and senior at JSU said, “My favorite section of the lab is probably the mom sim. She can actually simulate labor and deliver a little sim baby. Plus, she can have all the problems that could arise during labor and delivery. She’s just really impressive to me.”

The sixth and final dummy is the only one in the area to depict an ethnically diverse patient.

Being the victim of a car accident, the simulation dummy displays bruises from a seat belt and also contains obstructions in the lungs.

The students must decide if a chest tube is necessary to remove the blood filling into the lung.

The chest tube drains visible red liquid from the dummy. Having an African American simulated patient allows students to learn the differences in the afflictions and bruising to the skin on different types of coloration.

The program is using simulation dummies provided by the following companies, CAE Healthcare and Laerdal.

Christie Shelton, dean of nursing, was asked what the new simulation lab means for the JSU Nursing program as a whole. She said, “It gives the future nursing and respiratory students the opportunity to practice skills and identify interventions in a safe setting. Through this opportunity, critical thinking skills will increase as well as critical decision making. [Students] learn and discuss what went right and what went wrong.”

Emily Kirby
Staff Reporter

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