Dec
6
2010
 A Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member has invented a lifelike simulator to help student train for veterinary emergencies.

Assistant professor of Emergency and Critical Care Daniel Fletcher, PhD, DVM, DACVECC, developed a rescue dog mannequin and a software program to go along with it, the university said.

Fletcher based his model on a human training model, but adapted it to simulate the canine patient.

The mannequin has several systems that are controlled by software. Speakers and actuators within the model emit sounds simulating the heart and lungs, and create pulses that can be palpated, according to the university. A balloon within the chest cavity simulates spontaneous breathing.

"Simulated system monitors report on vital indicators such as ECG, pulse oximetry, and blood pressure. The mannequin can also be intubated for positive pressure ventilation, with a realistic airway that accommodates an endotracheal tube or ambu bag. Clinicians can also deliver chest compressions," according to a university news release.

The model is used in classrooms to train students on treating critical patients. After a session, students review a video made of their actions, and a facilitator leads a discussion on the session. Fletcher is also developing a continuing education program for veterinary technicians.

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