Students crowded around the lifeless body lying on the basement floor in room 035 Monday, Jan. 10, and watched as Matt Engel ’11, and Rebecca Coe ’11, sprang to action. The pair assessed the situation, called for help and assisted Emergency Medical personnel in reviving the victim known as Sim Man during a fully interactive demonstration at this month’s CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series.
Sim Man, a high-fidelity, computer-controlled patient simulator, was the main attraction as Drs. Stacey (Brand) Poznanski, ’97, and Ray Ten Eyck presented to about 90 students during all four homeroom periods. Those in attendance took turns in groups working hands-on to resuscitate the life-like dummy, whose functions—including breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, and more—are all monitored electronically and can be pre-determined using specialized software.
“We have to create an environment that’s as real as possible without actually creating an emergency or stopping someone’s heart,” Poznaski told students. The CJ graduate is currently an Academic Fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University where adult, child and baby patient simulators are used in the classroom to train medical students in the school’s Center for Immersive Medical Education and Research (CIMER).
“We try to represent the series of events that you’ll see in real life with a real person experiencing trauma,” Ten Eyck added. Simulation technicians Jeff Adams and Dave Cherolis showed how Sim Man can react either positively or negatively to the care it receives depending upon the manner and timeliness in which that care is administered. Everything from defibrillators and chest compressions to IV’s and bag valve masks can be used effectively during a simulated training session.
“I enjoyed being part of the demonstration,” Coe said after volunteering to participate with her senior classmate. “The Sim Man was really interactive, but I liked how you got to see the Emergency Medical guys react.”
“It was amazing to see how technology can be applied to make the situation so real,” Engel added. After graduation, both plan to attend Ohio colleges and study pre-med.