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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

'SimMan' new training tool for Framingham docs

FRAMINGHAM

Students and doctors in Framingham will be able to try out medical techniques on a $35,000 mannequin before touching a real person, higher education and hospital officials are announcing today.

The state Board of Higher Education is providing a SimMan patient simulator at the Framingham campus of the MetroWest Medical Center for use by nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and first responders at the hospital along with nursing students from Framingham State College and Mass Bay Community College, community groups and others.

The Globe reported on the growing use of patient simulators this summer.

The Board has purchased patient simulators for other hospitals in the state as well. The life-like mannequin has a pulse, blood pressure and airway so clinicians can work in a true-to-life environment.

--John C. Drake

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