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TCC to beta-test critical diagnostic software in '08-'09

A patient goes into cardiac arrest. Responding rapidly, students stabilize lightning-quick changes in heart rate, blood pressure and breathing. A true medical emergency? Not really. Thanks to high-tech human simulation, their patient, “Stan” – made of plastic, wires and robot components – replicates human functions to support learning in today’s demanding classroom.

TCC, like top medical schools including Duke, Harvard and Stanford, uses patient simulators from Medical Education Technologies Inc. (METI) for state-of-the-art clinical training. “METI has found that TCC is a proven institution regarding integrating patient simulation into its healthcare programs,” notes Pam Box, METI’s mid-Atlantic regional representative.

The college’s use of the simulators in clinical training led METI to choose TCC as its site to beta test critical new diagnostic software. “This is an invaluable opportunity to learn and contribute to the future of patient diagnostics,” says Mike Summers, TCC vice president for academic and student affairs. He adds that TCC’s growth in healthcare education – with 13 programs, the upcoming Beazley School of Nursing at the new Portsmouth Campus, and the $30 million Regional Health Professions Center being developed at the Virginia Beach Campus – intersects with this newest system to evaluate student clinical performance.

Gary Cross, TCC program head of respiratory therapy who is working closely with the beta testing, explains that, “This will give us all the data that you can get in an intensive care unit – the system provides both video and audio streams, as well as physiologic and pharmacologic data. We’ll have the latest and most complete assessment in respiratory therapy instruction.”