Student nurse anesthetists use high-tech training methods - WSMV News 4

Student nurse anesthetists use high-tech training methods

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Nurse anesthetists are a key piece of many surgical teams, and one Middle Tennessee program is using high-tech methods to train its students.

John Shields, an instructor at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, uses a lifelike mannequin to teach students the correct method for administering anesthesia.

The mannequin responds in ways a human body would to changes in blood pressure, breathing and ventilator settings.

"We put a breathing tube down and, anatomically, the dummy is just like human. So, when they go in to make sure tube is in the right spot, everything is just like it is if you stuck a tube in a human," Shields said.

Students say it's so real, things can get intense.

"You have professors watching you and peers watching you, but it's good because it makes it just as intimidating as it would be in the operating room," said student Lisa Gammenthaler.

It's just another way the school helps everyone further prepare for their first day in the operating room.

"You're scared, but you know what to do. You troubleshoot a situation and get out of it and help someone through their surgery," said student Zach Lewter.

This is just a piece of an intense program which includes clinical training at 23 different hospitals.

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