Mechanical patients are preparing future doctors to save lives.
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Casey Taylor: They breathe, cry and their hearts beat. These mechanical patients are giving med students a way to practice life saving procedures before doing the real thing. Debra Danforth: The more they practice it on the mannequins, the more they feel comfortable when they have to do it on a real person. Casey Taylor: Students learn how to listen to the heart. Debra Danforth: If you don't put the stethoscope in the right place, you don't get a heart sound. Casey Taylor: And identify abnormal beats. The also perfect their bed side manners. Ashley Newell: Hi, my name is Ashley Newell and this is Juline Machado, she is one of my classmates. What brings you into the hospital today? Casey Taylor: From the next room, an actor response. Male Speaker: I am just, I've had a lot of pain in my chest since yesterday. Casey Taylor: The mannequins can be programmed to test the student's skill unexpectedly. Debra Danforth: Oxygen let down, what do we need to do? Ashley Newell: We need to give him oxygen. Debra Danforth: We need to give oxygen. Casey Taylor: The wrong move could mean disaster. Debra Danforth: You don't hear anything, okay, so, what could be happening? Juline Machado: Collapsed Lung. Debra Danforth: Collapsed Lung. Good. Casey Taylor: But the right move, means a life saved for these students it's an invaluable tool. Ashley Newell: We get to practice lots of procedures that are sometimes scary and daunting and you know you won't hurt the mannequins where as you could really hurt a patient. Juline Machado: It's not even just the fear, not knowing what to do, it's also the fear, well, how do I get all the instruments together and how do I you know look professional in front of the patients. Casey Taylor: Preparing the doctors of tomorrow for whatever comes their way. I am Casey Taylor reporting.