RIVER FALLS, Wis.
Alexis Beck and Kaitlin O'Brien listen to Super Simon the SimMan's heart and lungs, watched by Cassi Rude (standing) and fellow classmates.
Thanks to one middle school student, a community member and a handful of employees,
River Falls Area Hospital's new simulation mannequin has a name.
Meet "Super Simon"–or Simon, for everyday use–whose name was selected from a combination of a suggestion from Meyer Middle School student Kaitlin O’Brien ("Super Sim") and overwhelming employee and public support for "Simon."
Kaitlin, her teacher Bernadette Zuber, and 12 of her classmates attended a small naming party at River Falls Area Hospital on Wednesday (May 27). Also invited were the nine employees and one community member who had suggested the name Simon, or a close variation.
In her submission suggesting the name "Super Sim," Kaitlin wrote: "I think that should be the name because it helps doctors and nurses practice so they can help save lives on real life people."
In addition to receiving a small prize, the attendees were given a demonstration of the abilities of Super Simon, the high-tech simulation mannequin costing $48,000, who was purchased earlier this year through a combination of community and employee donations and a $17,000 state grant. Students were also able to find one of SimMan's six pulse points, listen to his lungs and breathing, perform CPR and help him breathe through a pump.
Karen Swenson, Emergency Department manager, said: "We were thrilled that employees and the community came together to help fund SimMan, and now they have done the same to help us find him a name. Super Simon will be a key part of continuing education for our staff, helping to strengthen skills, build teamwork and deepen knowledge."
The Laerdal SimMan Essential mannequin is at the center of medical staff training at the hospital and has already been used in annual nurse training days. The simulation mannequin 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, breathing difficulties, intubation and more.