Simulation dummies helping train nurses at Clark-Lindsey Village


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URBANA — When nurses at Clark-Lindsey Village want a little more training, they practice on Chester and Seymour.

These aren't unlucky residents, but new simulation dummies the retirement community bought this year, along with a realistic-feeling arm.

"This is an anatomical phlebotomy simulation arm. We call him 'Hands Solo,'" said Darla Schall, Clark-Lindsey's education coordinator. "We nicknamed him because everything else had a name."

Chester is a simulation chest and arm, with different ports to practice inserting an IV, and Seymour is a simulation buttocks, with different bedsores and wounds.

With Seymour, nurses use an iPad app to measure the wounds and track their progression. It can also be used to practice identifying and changing dressing on a wound.

"This looks prettier than what it will actually look like," said Lisa Fisher, a Clark-Lindsey nurse of six years. "When you have a wound that's weeping, which is what this looks like, you're going to have an odor with that."

But Fisher said it's still a good simulation to practice on, and she thinks measuring with an iPad should be more accurate than different people measuring the same wound.

"With that iPad, because it's a program generated to do that, it's pretty much going to be the same and give more accurate measurements," she said.

Certified nursing assistants practiced on Seymour last week.

"So we have had skills days, where we set up stations and the nurses come around and practice the techniques," Schall said. "But this is available, if anybody feels at anytime that they want to practice."

Schall said the dummies help nurses and CNAs reinforce their skills.

"It allows them to practice and get confident," she said.

Fisher isn't a bedside nurse, so she said the dummies are particularly helpful for her.

"For me, when you're not using your skills as much, you tend to lose some of them," she said. "This tool really helps."