RIVER FALLS, Wis.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's SimMan—and he has finally landed at River Falls Area Hospital.
The $48,000 simulation mannequin, purchased through a combination of community and employee donations and a $17,000 state grant, will make his debut appearance to staff and community members on Tuesday, April 21, when a fun contest to select his name will also be launched.
River Falls Area Hospital employees with a borrowed SimMan during the fundraising campaign in October 2014.
SimMan—otherwise known as a high-tech Laerdal SimMan Essential mannequin—will be at the center of future medical staff training at the hospital.
"Athletes practice before they compete and it should be no different in hospitals," said Jen Loesch, director of quality for River Falls Area Hospital. "Simulation training using a mannequin is a safe place for employees to practice and improve their skills, knowledge and teamwork."
The simulation mannequin at the center of the River Falls Area Hospital fundraising drive has realistic human features, is dressed to appear as a real patient, "talks" and responds in numerous different customizable scenarios to test employees' skills, such as heart attack, stroke, blood pressure problems and breathing difficulties.
Members of the public are invited to email their suggestions for a name for SimMan to Louise.Ernewein@allina.com by May 7. A team of judges from the hospital will pick the winning name. Prizes, a visit with SimMan—and the honor of having picked the chosen name—are at stake!