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Feb. 5, 2002 -- No. 67

School of Nursing unveils teaching tool: mannequins that respond like real patients

Thursday (Feb. 7), 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (see below for specific sessions)

Ground floor (room 5), Carrington Hall

UNC School of Nursing

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing will debut its new human patient simulators -- nicknamed "Stan" and "Stan Jr." -- with a day of activities involving area middle school students, area health-care and university officials, school alumni and statewide nursing faculty and students. UNCís nursing school is the second nursing school nationwide to acquire human patient simulators for classroom instruction.

"Stan," the adult simulator, is the likeness of a 250-pound person and can be programmed to imitate the health conditions of either a man or woman. "Stan Jr.," the child simulator, is the likeness of a 6-year-old who weighs 44 pounds.

The simulators mimic the human cardiac, neurological and respiratory systems and can imitate nearly 60 different health scenarios, including heart attack, septic shock and collapsed lung. Realistic features include eyes that blink and a chest that produces heart sounds and takes in oxygen.

Following is a rundown of the dayís activities:

11 a.m.: Students from Perry Harrison Middle School in Pittsboro will interact with Stan and Stan Jr., including listening to heart and lung sounds, checking reflexes and performing hearing and eye tests.

Noon: Statewide nursing faculty members and students will tour the human patient simulator laboratory, participating in demonstrations of the technology.

1 p.m.: A ribbon-cutting ceremony and scholarship presentation will precede a reception.

1:30 p.m.: A learning seminar will offer instruction on how to incorporate human patient simulators into effective clinical teaching and learning opportunities.

Note: Parking for media representatives will be available in the right-hand lane of South Columbia Street and behind the School of Nursing at the Medical Drive loading dock.

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Photo note: To download or view a photo of "Stan" and School of Nursing clinical associate professor Dr. Carol Durham, click on

School of Nursing contact: Sunny Smith Nelson at (919) 966-1412

News Services contact: Deb Saine at (919) 962-8415