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Simulation Tools Can Help Healthcare Degree Seekers



By Catherine Groux
Posted September 07, 2011 07:56 AM

Before they work with real patients, many healthcare professionals use simulation tools.
Before they work with real patients, many healthcare professionals use simulation tools.
Many nursing and other healthcare degree seekers use simulation tools during their studies in order to gain experience in caring for patients. These may include mannequins, computer-based programs or animal cadavers.

One of the many schools that uses these tools is the University of Texas at Brownsville. Recently, this institution created its first simulation center where nursing students can practice their skills, The Brownsville Herald reports. Here, degree seekers can use devices such as SimMan 3G, a mannequin that can simulate various situations, including cardiac arrest and asthma attacks.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that using these simulation tools can help healthcare degree seekers improve their care giving skills, as well as increase their knowledge, Medical News Today reports.

To come to this conclusion, researchers reviewed approximately 600 previous studies in the subject, which included data on both student and professional dentists, nurses and physicians. After analyzing this information, the researchers found that in a vast majority of situations, simulation tools led to improved education outcomes.  

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