STAN (Standard Man)

Standard Man STANHuman patient simulator advances health care

For a new "guy," Stan is exceptionally popular. In his first week in action, 80 per cent of the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) nursing staff at the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) turned out for a hands-on simulation session with him.

"Our staff would like to use Stan all the time," Clinical Nurse Educator Tracy Boivin-Oldale says. She and her colleagues believe Stan is an important educational tool that can simulate a realistic patient.

Stan, whose name is short for standard man, is an $84,000, computer-controlled, adult human patient simulator or mannequin. Stan not only has a heart beat and breathes, but he really comes to life when he speaks and blinks. All of these actions are generated through a computer which is controlled by the Educator.Although not the first of his kind in Calgary, this Stan came to FMC through the generosity of hundreds of donors to the Calgary Health Trust.

"We really appreciate having Stan. As our simulation program grows we can see adding other Stans so that simulation can be delivered at one of our labs, at the bedside or in the community through a mobile training program," says Marlene Donahue, Director of Simulation South for Alberta Health Services Provincial Simulation Program.

Virtually impossible to hurt, Stan offers staff and physicians a safe way to practice clinical skills, communication, teamwork, and crisis resource management for just about any patient situation.

"In past training sessions, we would talk about certain scenarios and our learning would be 'pretend," Clinical Nurse Educator Shelley Jeske says. "Stan allows us to learn about high-risk situations without putting patients at risk."

Donahue, Boivin-Oldale and Jeske believe simulation is the future for educating health care staff, physicians, and students. By using Stan, realistic and real-time clinical scenarios can be created, bringing Stan to life for more caregivers.

Jeske adds, "Stan is about getting out to the front lines and about learning how we can better care for our patients and meet their needs."

Find out more about Calgary's eSIM program.