How Patient Manikins Are Changing the Future of Medicine

Date Posted:4 May 2016 

As the sophistication and realistic nature of patient manikins continues to grow, so too does its promising potential for the future of the medical community.

This technology and its ever increasing ability to realistically respond to stimulus through critical care, cardiac, trauma and airway rescue features[1], now offers a number of benefits that other anatomical models do not. By allowing current and future medical professionals to hone their skills and improve processes in this way, patient manikins facilitate the advancement of how we approach and respond to medical situations of all sizes and scopes.

Improving the quality of medical education

The lifelike capabilities of patient manikins have proven invaluable in teaching students how best to treat a wide range of illnesses and conditions. Everything from standard care to emergency situations can be simulated in the classroom, giving students a more realistic look through the eyes of a medical professional without actually having to put them in a high stress situation they may not be ready for.

Research has shown that these lifelike manikins significantly improve practical skillsets within students, such as critical thinking and active learning, while also providing the opportunity to grow their confidence in a realistic yet safe environment.[2] As manikins increasingly become a common feature of medical education, this technology is given the power to shape the professionals of the future into highly trained and capable practitioners.

Improving existing methods of practice in underdeveloped countries

While simulated patients are largely talked about in the context of medical education, their ability to advance long established treatments and methods of care cannot be overlooked. These manikins offer a controlled opportunity to improve the processes that are currently used in the medical arena, such as how best to approach trauma patients or to formulate quicker response times. More and more, we’re seeing that this simulation technology is being used by professionals who work in operating rooms, emergency departments, delivery suites and intensive care units to better their approach and improve results for their patients.[3]

For these reasons, not only do patient manikins offer highly advanced ways of training future medical professionals, but they give us the opportunity to assess and improve on our current methods of treatment to ensure that we are providing innovative, up to date care to all patients.

Contact Mentone Educational today to learn more about the benefits of simulated patients.

 

[1]  Good, M. (2003). Patient simulation for training basic and advanced clinical skills. Medical Education, [online] 14(21), p.15. Available at: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.452.2328&rep=rep1&type=pdf

[2] A. Gordon, J., M. Wilkerson, W., Williamson Shaffer, D. and G. Armstrong, E. (2001). ‘Practicing’ Medicine without Risk: Students’ and Educators’ Responses to High-fidelity Patient Simulation. Academic Medicine, [online] 76(5), p.472. Available at: http://edgaps.org/gaps/wp-content/uploads/practicing-medicine.pdf

[3] Good, M. (2003). Patient simulation for training basic and advanced clinical skills. Medical Education, [online] 14(21), p.18. Available at: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.452.2328&rep=rep1&type=pdf


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23 May 2016
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