Watch out, he could have a heart attack
SimMan 3G, a lifelike adult patient simulator was admitted to the Trowbridge building at Kent Hospital Thursday to greet members of the hospital foundation, who want him as permanent company, and staff who envision his simulated conditions becoming a valuable training tool. SimMan can be programmed to replicate 300 different cases and depending how nurses or doctors treat the condition can even end up dead. Like a living patient, SimMan’s conditions are monitored and each case can be video recorded so that at the end of an exercise responses can be evaluated. There are 800 SimMan 3Gs in the world, six of which are in Rhode Island. All are at educational institutions. The foundation is looking to raise $90,000 to make Kent the first hospital with the simulator. Shaun McGovern, a Hendricken graduate who is the territory manager for Laerdal Medical Corp. of Wappingers Falls, NY demonstrated SimMan for the group. And taking it all in from left are: Hugh Hall, administrator, West View Health Care Center; Laura J. Hilderley, RN, MS was a trustee of Kent and is the current chair of the Kent Quality Oversight Committee; Sandra Lucas who is director of education and Marilyn Lang, widow of the late William Lang, former hospital administrator. Incidentally, Marilyn did pick up SimMan’s heartbeat. She also wiped the sweat from his brow.