Those in the medical field and emergency responders in rural areas of Nebraska will soon benefit in the form of training thanks to a grant received by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Chancellor Jeffrey Gold says they received a $5.5-million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsely Charitable Trust and will use those funds to purchase four mobile simulation health training centers and 20 computerized mannequins that will travel the state to provide important training.
Chancellor Gold says, “So having these trucks, having the SIM – Nebraska project in their hometown where they can walk through the experiences they can get a first-hand opportunity to deliver some care, to do some minor procedures on some of these mannequins and get an idea what it means to be a health care professional really will help us build the workforce of Nebraska and therefore increase the safety and quality of care of the region.”
The rear compartments of the trucks have areas that can simulate an emergency room or an ambulance. The mannequins are a computerized training tool that talk, breathe, have heartbeats and can react to medications and other actions of the learners. The mobile units will be outfitted with supplies to recreate an environment as close to reality as possible for the learner.
The units should be delivered in January and will be stationed in Norfolk, Lincoln, Kearney and Scottsbluff.