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Published 11/18/2003
Owens' Human Patient Simulator Technology Makes Guest Appearance on NBC's "ER"

Owens' faculty member, Ceci Tolson (center), provides instruction on the College's Human Patient Simulator. Owens Community College's innovative Human Patient Simulator technology will be the center of more than 25 million viewers' attention on NBC's television hit series "ER" at 10 p.m. on Thursday, November 20.

A portable version of the College's Health Technologies Division Human Patient Simulator technology, known as ‘Sam Owens', will star as a patient who overdoses on cocaine in the drama episode. The lifelike mannequin appearing on "ER" is owned by the Medical Education Technologies Inc. (METI).

The opening scene of the episode centers around one of the show's main characters, Abbey, practicing life-saving techniques on the portable lifelike mannequin. In its television cameo, the portable Human Patient Simulator character does not survive the cocaine addiction and dies, leaving the humbled actors and actresses in a state of shock.

"The scenario played out on ‘ER' is very similar to what the College's nursing students experience on a daily basis," said Diane McDougle, Owens Clinical Teaching Associate. "Owens' Human Patient Simulator is a state-of-the-art teaching tool that looks and responds like a real patient. ‘Sam Owens' reacts directly to actions taken by the student administering treatment, making each simulation emulate a high-pressure emergency."

Created in 1996 by METI, the Human Patient Simulator is designed to imitate nearly perfect humanlike characteristics in emergency situations. Among the realistic scenarios include massive bodily injuries, drug overdoses, heart attacks and allergic reactions, among others.

According to Dawn Wetmore, Owens Chair of Nursing and Surgical Programs, prior to the Human Patient Simulator, health care trainees were restricted to practicing on lifeless mannequins. "This new technology is changing the face of health care by providing students with practical hands-on experience before entering a clinical setting," she said.

Owens' Health Technologies Division is one of only seven educational institutions in Ohio to incorporate the Human Patient Simulator technology within its academic curriculum. The College first unveiled the state-of-the-art technology in 2002.

A worldwide manufacturer of medical education, METI has provided simulation technology to over 400 organizations, including medical schools, community colleges, technical schools, fire and EMS departments, the military and health care industry professionals. Among the organizations utilizing METI's innovative equipment are NASA, the Cleveland Clinic and U.S. troops in Iraq to train for biological warfare and combat injuries.

Owens has been a leader in providing future nursing professionals with educational opportunities for more than 30 years. Established in 1969 as the first associate degree program of its kind in Northwest Ohio, Owens Registered Nursing Program has graduated more than 3,500 nurses on its Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses.

The Registered Nursing Program is designed to prepare graduates for nursing positions in variety of health care settings. Among the various locations are acute care agencies, physician offices, long-term care agencies and outpatient ambulatory areas. The program combines studies at Owens with planned and guided clinical experience in client care for health care facilities and community agencies.

In addition, Owens' Health Technologies Division offers a Licensed Practical Nurse/Associate Degree Nursing (LPN/AND) Progression Program, which is designed for individuals who need specified nursing courses and are Licensed Practical Nurses. During this past year, Owens for the first time made available a new Practical Nursing Certificate Program on the Findlay-area and Toledo-area Campuses.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, 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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