New Life-Like Manikin Helps Prepare CCC’s EMT, Paramedic Students
CLARKSDALE – Students in Coahoma Community College’s Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program becoming even better prepared for their potential careers in emergency medicine thanks to a new state-of-the-art manikin that allows instructors to remotely control and simulate real life emergency situations.
The program recently received a new high-fidelity manikin to use during patient care scenario training.
“Today’s accreditation standards, as well as the need for more interactive learning, has dictated that we purchase a high-fidelity manikin,” said EMT Program Director Rhett Nelson. “The manikin serves as an excellent teaching tool to prepare students for hands-on training during clinicals.”
The life-size manikin is as close to the real thing as you can get. Manufactured by Simulaids, the manikin comes with an iPad that allows the instructor to stand back and adjust lung sounds, heart rate, and blood pressure, giving students practice thinking “on their feet” as they would in real life. The instructor can even cause the manikin’s airway to swell up, similar to what would happen during a severe allergic reaction. In addition, the manikin has features for critical care skill practice that include chest tube intubations that are used for patients with a buildup of air and/or blood in their lung during emergency situations.
Nelson said the manikin is an excellent teaching tool in preparing student for what they will see on the job and is a great addition to the various trainings EMT and Paramedics students at CCC receive.
For example, this week Paramedic students are attending clinical rotation in Memphis at The Med, LeBonheur and Methodist University Hospital.
“They’re getting some big city, major medical experience,” said Nelson.
Adding to that, on March 27 the students will visit the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) to participate in a hands-on skill practice cadaver lab.
“We are very excited about being able to offer this type of training as we are the only paramedic program in North Mississippi to offer cadaver lab training in addition to normal instruction,” said Nelson. “This is the type of high quality learning offered at Coahoma Community College that you can’t get anywhere else.”