Cardiac Dummy

     The medical community has a new training tool. It's a high-tech mannequin that allows doctors to practice

cardiac
procedures risk-free. "Oops, i just got defib again, we're going to have to shock the patient," said Dr. John Carroll Cardiologist, who is training medical students.  This patient has just suffered a
cardiac
arrest. Doctors inserting a catheter to clear a blocked artery accidentally cut off the heart's blood supply. "I made a mistake, and I caused the person's heart to fibrillate, so if I don't do anything, she will be dead," said Carroll.  Fortunately, the patient is just a
dummy
. But she's treated as if she were real. This simulation technology is the most realistic way yet devised to allow cardiologists to practice catheter-based heart procedures. The computer-controlled mannequin, named "Simantha" simulates for doctors what it really feels like inside the human body. "It is real enough where we start sweating during some of these procedures when things aren't going right", said Carroll. They check using monitors that display the patient's vital signs and a video image of the heart. A
simulated electric shock restarted Simantha's her hear, allowing doctors to resume their work. She lets them know when she is she's feeling any pain. "My chest hurts i need to sit up,"she says. This simulation technology will begin appearing at more hospitals nationwide, enabling doctors to continue practicing their skills without endangering patients' lives. "That feels better", she says.