New Year, New Faces

Our new family: Suzie, Hal and Baby Hal

It is with great excitement that we share the wonderful news about our ever-expanding family of high-fidelity simulators.  Thanks to some capital funding, the Clinical Simulation Program was able to acquire three Gaumard simulators: Advanced Airway Hal, Susie and Newborn Hal.  This new equipment will allow our labs to serve more students and faculty, and brings diversity to simulation scenarios.

The Susie simulator is our first female high fidelity simulator.  No more unconvincing, broad shouldered “lady” in lab: we now have a real fake woman.  Major features that Susie brings to the table are: interchangeable breasts with a variety of tumors and growths; multiple palpable pulses, auscultation sounds and reactive eyes.

Advanced Airway Hal is our first non-white simulator; it is so great to see simulator manufacturers helping educators to bring ethnic and cultural components to simulation.  In addition, Hal has a greater level of control with his airway and lungs: he has adjustable inspiratory and expiratory times, as well as a greater range of lung compliance.  Soon to be tested will be his drug recognition system: here’s hoping it works flawlessly and allow learners to get rapid feedback on their treatment.

And, of course, the baby.  Newborn Hal is a perfect little bundle of cuteness, if you think robots are cute.  As a smaller and wireless baby simulator, he adds realism to scenarios: mommy and daddy can hold and care for him, along with student learners.  He has a replaceable umbilical that can be cut, pulses (umbilical, brachial, fontanael) and chest rise.  By far the coolest feature, though, is his muscle tone: his arms will move, go limp or spasm.  It is pretty wild to hold a robot baby that cries and wiggles in your arms.

With all these new members to our family, we want to invite you all to a Baby Shower:

Come by on February 14th to say hi to our new simulators and catch up with some of our veteran manikins.

Hope everyone has a great start to the spring semester.

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