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CMAJ - March 21, 2000JAMC - le 21 mars 2000

The dummy's guide to medical training

CMAJ 2000;162:848

The Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax has a real dummy on staff, and it should help Nova Scotia doctors become better trained. The patient simulator, which uses technology developed by the space industry, is connected to a computer that models the cardiovascular system, charts vital signs and mimics common emergency conditions. It has a simulated air-entry system, a running IV and can even answer questions. The dummy will spend most of its time at the Atlantic Health Training and Simulation Centre at the QE II, but it will also motor around Atlantic Canada in a specially equipped ambulance to provide continuing education to health professionals throughout the region. — Donalee Moulton, Halifax

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