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MEDIA CONTACT: Cara C. Perry
772-873-3339, ccarlton@fau.edu

FAU Nursing Students Gain Experience with New “Pedia-Sim”

            PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (April 5, 2007)- The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently acquired a new pediatric patient simulator, “Pedia-Sim,” which provides nursing students at the Treasure Coast campus the opportunity to apply their knowledge of pediatric clinical situations in a low-risk, controlled environment.  

            This state-of-the-art simulator, created by Medical Education Technologies, Inc. (METI), is comprised of a life-like manikin that interfaces with a computer to simulate a 6-year-old child’s responses. Pedia-Sim can recognize and respond to nursing interventions and medications, and has many human physical traits such as a heartbeat and pulse. It can also blink, breath and cry.  Students can practice many scenarios on the manikin, such as treating a child experiencing an asthma attack.  Renowned medical institutions such as Shands Jacksonville Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic are currently using the same patient simulation technology.

            “Pedia-Sim will create opportunities for our nursing students to experience a variety of simulated nursing situations, including healthcare emergencies, without leaving our classroom,” said FAU Associate Professor Dr. Shirley Gordon.

            For more information, contact Dr. Gordon at 772-873-3382 or sgordon@fau.edu.

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