Those heart attacks, nausea, tremors, seizures, wounds, collapsed lungs, dehydration, vomiting, nasal discharges and sweating are all controlled by a nearby operator watching through a two-mirror.
Despite his sickly ways, Sim Man – or Sim Woman if a female operator decides to speak through the patient in place of the recorded male voice – is a favorite of the students.
“It’s amazing we have Sim Man at the high school level,” said Ryan De Noma, a junior in Butler Tech’s Health Technology program.
“He really prepares you for real-life situations,” said Ryan after performing chest compressions on the fake patient to kick-start his heart after his cardiac arrest.
Abbie Cook, supervisor of the Butler Tech Bioscience Center, which opened in September, is a big fan of the high-tech learning tool.
“Sim Man is an incredible addition to all the programs at the Bioscience Center. He allows our students additional opportunities for hands-on patient care and patient assessment,” said Cook.
“While we provide many opportunities for off-campus clinical experiences, the more experiential learning the better. These are some of the experiences that not only make lasting impressions on their (student) learning, but help spark a passion for their future,” said Cook.
The new Bioscience Center campus - standing high on a hill over the Interstate 75 and Cincinnati-Dayton Road interchange - is the most visible and recent example of the growing medical services corridor along highway though Butler County.
Sally Muenchen, a registered nurse and health technology instructor, said “Sim Man is the closest we can get to an actual medical emergency in a learning environment without having actual patients here.”
“Students have to identify what the problem is and how they are going to treat it,” she said.
Butler Tech senior Gabriella Rodrigez is fond of Mr. Man.
“He is really good. He functions when we need him to and he helps us learn how we need to take care of people in a real-life, fast moving situation.”
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