Human Patient Simulator Program
stops at SMH
Human Patient Simulator (HPS) Program made a stop at
Stephens Memorial Hospital during the week of November
3rd. 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
The RV was filled with
equipment to simulate a hospital medical surgical and
also intensive care unit and was parked at Stephens
Memorial Hospital, with training available to 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 state of the art
mannequins 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.
visit to SMH this month was set up by Lisa Heald, RN,
Staff Educator. A scenario on Wednesday, November
5th tested Medical/Surgical Nurses on their reactions to
a particular scenario on Stanley (Stan D. Ardman), the
simulation mannequin. 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.
Smith, RN, a Medical/Surgical Nurse who participated in
the initial scenario shared her thoughts, "This was a
great team driven experience. It really got your
adrenaline going, nothing could have been more lifelike
than Stanley. This was a very educational
experience and I hope they will return!"
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 education, as well as physician CMEs.
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 www.wmhcc.org.
SMH Registered Nurses work on the patient simulator L-R:
Brenda White, RN, Megan Smith, RN, Jen Jones, RN, and
Lori Douglass, RN