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Human Patient Simulator Program stops at SMH

NORWAY, ME  - The Human Patient Simulator (HPS) Program made its first stop at Stephens Memorial Hospital during the week of January 22nd.  The HPS Program is a trauma and critical outreach program which was formed cooperatively by LifeFlight Foundation, Maine EMS, the Department of Public Safety, and the Maine Health Access Foundation. 

The RV filled with equipment to simulate a hospital emergency room was parked at Stephens Memorial Hospital for five days, with training available on three of those days to paramedics, RNs, and medical staff.   Scenarios given to participants are either pre-developed and tested encounters with actual patients, or adhoc case reviews.  The staff work with two state of the art mannequins, one is a child, the other an adult who are capable of speaking, breathing, blinking and having reactive pupils, the mannequins have heartbeats and pulses and are able to mirror response to medical treatment and procedures.

Photo Credit:  Instructor Heather Cady, back to camera, watches as Joanne Moulton, RN, Pediatrician Kate Herlihy, M.D., Emergency Room Physician Rebecca Chagrasulis, M.D., and Sawyer Coleman, Paramedic work to stabilize the pediatric patient simulator.

Wednesday was designated as pediatric day at SMH, staff teams of 4-5 individuals worked with the child to stabilize him in 20-30 minute sessions; these sessions are overseen by a LifeFlight instructor.  These sessions are videotaped and reviewed afterwards for more feedback.  The staff have enjoyed the simulator and found the information valuable.  There are chances to practice and review cases that do not occur regularly and learn from the simulation.

Dr. Rebecca Chagrasulis who was a participant on Wednesday shared her thoughts on the experience,  "The HPS simulators, adult and child, offered an excellent opportunity for SMH personnel (RN's, EMT's, and physicians from the ED and pediatrics) to not only practice their skills, but to work together as teams on difficult and challenging cases. This experience was very beneficial to all who participated."
Program manager Rick Simpson says the program was rolled out in June of 2006 to provide a valuable resource to all hospitals throughout the state.  The HPS Program is designated one week at each of the states hospitals every year.  The program is approved for RN and EMS continuing medical education. 

Stephens Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Western Maine Health, which is part of the Maine Health® family.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at

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