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New Human Simulators to aid students
Posted on: 02/14/2013
By  Andy Rex
Marietta College, Washington State Community College and Marietta Memorial Hospital have received a $110,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Appalachia to add human patient simulators to the Marietta College Physician Assistant program.
The grant money from the G-O-A is matched by another $110,000 from the Memorial Health Foundation, Marietta College, Washington State, and the Siters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund.
Gloria Stewart, Director of Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Program, says the use of human simulators increases the opportunity for students and other providers to learn the best practices of health care in order to provide quality care to patients.
The simulators will include a man, a pregnant woman, infant, and young child are highly sophisticated – they blink, speak and breathe; have a heartbeat and pulse; and accurately mirror human responses to procedures such as CPR, I-V medications and other medical procedures.
Stewart says that research shows students who practice on simulators have better skills and have more confidence when interacting with patients.
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