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Human Patient Simulator Program stops at SMH

The 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 Foundation. 

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.

The program 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.

Megan 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!"

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 education, as well as physician CMEs. 

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

Photo Credit:  SMH Registered Nurses work on the patient simulator L-R: Brenda White, RN, Megan Smith, RN, Jen Jones, RN, and Lori Douglass, RN

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