Created in 1996 by Medical Education Technologies, Inc., in Sarasota, Fla., Stan has a fully computerized body that responds authentically to whatever care, right or wrong, students provide.
"If they make a big mistake, Stan can 'die,' " said Tom Fitts, EMS program coordinator, noting, happily, that he doesn't stay dead for long. "The best part is that students have the opportunity to go back and repeat the procedure, figure out where they made their mistake and redo it."
All Stan's bodily functions are coordinated and he's about as close to the "real McCoy" as a simulator could get. He can:
* exhale carbon dioxide;
* have a tracheotomy;
* produce an audible heartbeat;
* breathe, with chest rising and falling;
* be catherized;
* have IVs inserted;
* "speak" with a wireless microphone (and instructor assistance);
* change sexes with appropriate wigs, makeup and other add-ons and become "Sue."
In addition, his:
* pupils dilate;
* pulse can be felt at wrists, tops of feet, thighs and behind knees;
* urethane-silicon "skin" is soft in appropriate places, hard in others.