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Trauma Team Keeps Skills Sharp with Simulated Patient 

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital got a visit today from a critically injured patient. And while it was only a trauma simulation, emergency room staff had to rush to save his life.Meet Stan. Short for “Standard Man,” he’s a high-tech human patient simulator.Stan visited Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Thursday so emergency room staff could practice their trauma skills. In this scenario, Stan had an ATV accident, and with critical injuries, the team had to make immediate decisions to save his life.”So they’re basically practicing the scenario and heightening their awareness in terms of what do we have here, before the patient gets here.”Carlo Gammaitoni, director of trauma at Central Maine Medical Center, says practice like this helps rural hospitals, where they don’t get to practice rapid assessment and stabilizations skills as often.”There are only three trauma centers in the state, so we developed a system where even the smaller hospitals are an integral part of the trauma system,” Gammaitoni says.Stan travels to hospitals around the state, through LifeFlight’s Human Patient Simulator Program.While the team secured the airway, put in a chest tube and made other critical decisions, Stan responded to their every move.”It’s actually amazingly realistic, because this body responds in many ways the way a real patient would respond,” says Hunt Gressitt, an emergency medicine PA.”It’s a great learning tool and I think it’s very valuable for rural emergency rooms, since it gives us a chance to practice things we don’t see very often,” says Monica Jackson, an ER nurse.Stan pulled through during this scenario, and his health care team says they’re glad for the experience.