Owens Community College's Health Technologies Division recently unveiled its latest state-of-the-art technology as the Nursing Department introduced the Human Patient Simulator, a lifelike mannequin which will allow registered nursing students to practice realistic scenarios.
During a ribbon cutting ceremony, the Health Technologies Division welcomed representatives from Medical Education Technologies Inc. (METI), the world's leading manufacturer of medical education simulation technology and the creator of the Human Patient Simulator. Antonio Perez, a METI representative, presented Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College, with a $1,000 grant to benefit higher education within the College's Health Technologies Division.
This past Spring Semester, the Owens Nursing Department had 343 students enrolled in its Registered Nursing Program on its Toledo-area and Findlay Campuses. Owens Community College currently ranks as the 10th largest producer of Associate Degree Registered Nurses in the nation and produces the most associate degree graduates in the state of Ohio.
"Owens Community College is one of only six colleges within the state of Ohio and the only educational institution in the Toledo area to have this new technology, which is very exciting for our College," said Dawn Wetmore, Owens Chair of Nursing and Surgical Technologies. "The Human Patient Simulator is changing the face of health care by using state-of-the-art simulation to give students a hands-on experience.
"The result is an improved proficiency in a clinical setting where clinical time with patients is limited," Wetmore said.
Created in 1996, the Human Patient Simulator is controlled by a computer that creates lifelike responses. According to Wetmore, if a student takes an action that makes the heart race, the pulse quickens and monitors that are attached to the patient show the corresponding change.
"The instructor also can choose the patient type (male or female, young or old, healthy or sick) and one or more medical conditions which could include diabetes, hypertension, pregnancy, heart failure or pneumonia," Wetmore said.
"The Human Patient Simulator is a state-of-the-art teaching tool that looks and responds like a real patient," said Janell Lang, Owens Dean of the Health Technologies Division. "For example, if the Human Patient Simulator is in shock, its pupils will remain fixed and dilated. If its heart stops, it can be revived with CPR. This technology will provide Owens students with a learning experience that is totally safe, without risk to a real patient."
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Ceci Tolson, Owens Clinical Teaching Associate of the Registered Nursing Program, gave human patient simulator demonstrations and discussed how the new technology works as local paramedics, EMTs and firefighers watched.
The two human patient simulators also received new names as three Owens Registered Nursing students won a contest to name the state-of-the-art technology. Liesa Hotz of Toledo chose "Sam" as the first name for the adult patient, while "Cody" was selected by Erich Deason of Toledo to serve as the pediatric patient's first name. The last name of both human patient simulators is "Owens", which was chosen by Julie Jividen of Gibsonburg.
Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, METI works with institutions and organizations worldwide to provide medical education at all levels, including medical schools, community colleges, technical schools, teaching hospitals, fire and EMS departments, the military and health care industry professionals. More than 160 Human Patient Simulators have been installed by METI.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens Community College offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.
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