Nicolet College - High-tech Meti-Man advances health care training at Nicolet College
High-tech Meti-Man advances health care
training at Nicolet; Ministry donates $10K for purchase
Posted June 14, 2011
He has a heartbeat.
He breathes, blinks his eyes, and says when something hurts.
This may sound like a human, but it’s not.
It’s Meti-Man, the new high-tech patient simulator at Nicolet College designed to advance the level of training health occupations students receive when they return to classes this fall.
“He really is nothing short of amazing,” said Lenore Mangles, dean of Health Occupations at Nicolet. “This is state-of-the-art equipment that will take health training at Nicolet to the next level.”
That advanced education will ultimately translate into a higher level of patient care when Nursing and other health occupation students graduate from Nicolet and enter the workforce, said Dr. Judy Pagano, Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital physician and president of the Hospital Foundation, which donated $10,000 for the purchase of Meti-Man.
“We always focus on putting patients first,” Pagano said. “Investing in next-generation teaching technology such as this fits perfectly with that goal.”
At the heart of Meti-Man is an advanced computer system that responds to the actions taken by students in any given situation, be it a heart attack, stroke, or allergic reaction due to a bee sting. When students treat correctly, Meti-Man recovers. When they don’t, well … all the instructor has to do is hit the reset button.
“That’s one of the beauties of having this technology,” Mangles added. “Students can run through medical scenarios repeatedly until they have it perfected. This is a great learning tool in that regard because there are no serious consequences as students learn treatment protocols.”
Meti-Man also compliments the real-world clinical training all health occupations students are required to complete in order to graduate. During clinicals, students work in health care facilities under the close supervision of instructors. The idea for this part of their education is to help students transition from academic labs and classrooms into real-world health care settings where they treat real patients with a variety of medical conditions.
“Occasionally students may not get experience treating some of the less-common medical conditions,” she said. “This is where Meti-Man will be invaluable. We can simulate that condition with this technology, which, in turn, will make our graduates much better prepared when they are presented with the same scenario out in the real world.”
Another innovative feature is Meti-Man’s built-in wireless computer that is controlled by a separate laptop computer. As students treat a certain condition, an instructor can tap keys on the laptop to manipulate vital signs, simulating either common reactions to a given treatment or medication or complications that do and will pop up in the real-world. “This will allow students to sharpen their critical thinking skills, which will help them make correct decisions at a moment’s notice,” Mangles said.
Nicolet also plans on using Meti-Man for professional development courses for individuals already working in health care, enhancing the skills of EMT’s, nurses and others working in the field.
Other donors that contributed to the purchase of Meti-Man include the St. Mathias Thrift Store, the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation, and the Marshfield Clinic.