SOURCE: Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

September 21, 2015 08:00 ET

How a Doll That Acts Like a Human in Crisis Helps Emergency Nurses Save Lives

DES PLAINES, IL--(Marketwired - September 21, 2015) - Emergency nurses from around the country are learning lifesaving techniques on lifelike mannequins that are programmed to reflect medical emergencies that ED nurses face today. The training is one of the highlights of Emergency Nursing 2015, the Emergency Nurses Association's (ENA's) annual conference September 28 to October 3 in Orlando.

The mannequins are part of a larger training simulation called the AdvancED, a new, interactive mock emergency department that allows nurses to stretch their emergency care skills through hands-on drills. The mannequins, officially named "manikins" for their realistic quality, can cry, urinate, bleed, change heart rate and even react to incorrect medications. The sophisticated manikins can be programmed to reflect changing global health conditions.

"Today's emergency nurse needs to be ready to deal with all types of emergency situations, many of which are relatively new due to new diseases and threats. For example, with the emergence of Ebola Virus Disease in new locations, nurses need to know how to protect themselves and others from disease transmission. The manikins can be programmed to present with infectious diseases in an effort to teach nurses how to properly take on and off their protective garments," said ENA president Matthew F. Powers, MS, BSN, RN, MICP, CEN.

Only a few hospitals around the country have the resources to offer this type of hands-on training, which is why ENA provides this resource to conference attendees. Nurses will receive immediate feedback on their experience, which takes place in the conference's Exhibit Hall at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center.

"Nurses need to be ahead of what's coming next," said Powers. "The AdvancED supports ENA's goal of preparing nurses to successfully and safely work in the emergency department of the future."

Attendees can receive Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) by participating in AdvancED and other sessions at the conference. AdvancED simulations runs in 25-minute intervals during Exhibit Hall hours.

AdvancED is presented by Stryker and Teleflex and sponsored by Physio Control and Vapotherm.

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About the Emergency Nurses Association
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With more than 40,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency healthcare public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at

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