Trauma Hal makes debut at CCC

David Manning, CCC’s Fire Science and Emergency Medical Service Program Coordinator and Instructor, and Lori Edwards, CCC Director of Nursing and Allied Health, make a diagnostic check on Trauma Hal.

 

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- He can blink his eyes. He can talk, and he can bleed. You can give him shots, ask him questions, and you can find out what ails him just like any human.

Except he’s not human.

Meet Trauma Hal, the newest state-of-the-art addition to the Coconino Community College team in the Career and Technical Education department for the Nursing, Fire Science, EMT and Allied Health programs.

“Essentially, Hal replaces a live victim,” said David Manning, CCC’s Fire Science and Emergency Medical Service Program Coordinator and Instructor. “He lets us interchange a variety of injuries that are impossible to simulate on a live victim.”

Trauma Hal, a simulator mannequin, has lungs, organs, ribs and plumbing, Manning said. He comes with a variety of “wound packages” for the students to learn from as well. Among them are broken bones, sores, burns and even amputations. Additionally, he is full of computer technology that allows for wireless diagnostics and interaction between students and patient through a proctor-assisted process.

Lori Edwards, CCC Director of Nursing and Allied Health, said, “Nursing students will utilize Trauma Hal to enhance their learning experience. Trauma Hal provides a more real-life experience prior to actually working with a person. The student will be able to practice using a multiple of scenarios to become sharper in their skill set.”

Edwards added that Trauma Hal will be important for students to make patient assessments – listen for lung sounds like wheezing, breath sounds, cardiac anomalies, vital signs and more. Additionally, Trauma Hal can be used for dressing and treating wounds as well as for learning to apply electro-cardiogram monitors and running full cardiac-arrest scenarios.

Trauma Hal made his official debut Monday, April 11, at the Fourth Street Campus. Manning said Trauma Hal will begin work as soon as he is ready. His first job will be to serve for the EMS certification testing in May. Seventy-two students will run through the testing process with Trauma Hal over a two-day period.

Ideally, Manning said that Trauma Hal will be joined by another adult and one infant (pediatric) model of the mannequin to augment different interactions EMTs and nurses have with patients in the real world. Manning added that Trauma Hal’s longevity is expected to last more than a decade for the college and is able to be upgraded.

The purchase of Trauma Hal was more than $70,000. The purchase was made possible with funding support from the Perkins Grant and the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff and its collaborators the Capstone Health Fund and Northern Arizona Healthcare.

For more information about the Fire Science and EMS and Nursing and Allied Health programs, visit https://www.coconino.edu/career-and-technical-education

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Date
Wednesday, 13th April 2016
 
 

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