CCC Nursing, Fire Sciences Programs Get High-tech ‘Patient’

Coconino Community College nursing, firefighting and emergency medical service students will soon be practicing on a breathing, bleeding, even complaining, patient.

However, he is not actually alive.

With help from grants from the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, the Capstone Health Fund and Northern Arizona Healthcare and the Perkins Grant, CCC was able to purchase Trauma Hal, a realistic dummy that instructors can use to prepare students for real-life scenarios.

Director of Nursing and Allied Health Lori Edwards said the dummy costs just over $70,000, and their model is the state-of-the-art technology in the field.

“We can simulate a variety of traumas like EMS would see on the highways,” Edwards said. “For the nursing students, we can simulate systems that the students might not see very often in their clinical situations.”

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