Aspiring nurses treat robot's symptoms

  1. Lying on a hospital bed and looking a bit rubbery, George was clearly in the throes of sickness.

    "Whoa, I've never had pain like this before," he moaned.

    Karen Daley, an assistant professor of nursing at Western Connecticut State University, hovered over him while lecturing a group of other nursing instructors.

    "He's a little sick. What's the matter?" Daley asked.

    Then George threw up - loudly. The nurses couldn't hold in their giggles.

    "Oh, he's vomiting," Daley said, placing a blue hospital-issued puke bowl under his chin. "Are you feeling better?" "That helped," George said, triggering another wave of laughter.

    This wasn't a scene from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 2: Nurse Ratchet's Revenge." It was the WestConn nursing department showing off new training equipment. George, you see, is a robot. More specifically, a "universal patient simulator." Laerdal, his Texas-based manufacturer, calls him "SimMan."

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  3. by   germain
    WHAT a waste of money when there are SO many live puking patients in terrible pain. WOnder what the fake puke is made of. :chuckle
  4. by   Siouxz2
    We have one of these at our hospital and were able to work with it during our skills lab once last semester. It was absolutely the coolest thing! If you shine a light in his eyes, his pupils would constrict. You can feel pulses, listen to abnormal heart/breath sounds, administer meds and see the results of the meds. We gave him a breathing treatment. You can even make "mistakes" with meds and kill him.

    We are all looking forward to getting to work with him again.
  5. by   germain
    Okay, so it probably is pretty cool. It still cracks me up.