Life-like mannequins used to train nursing students


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SALT LAKE CITY -- The patients nursing students at the University of the Utah are working on this year are not real, but they sure do look like it.

The life-size mannequins are part of a $24-million renovation to the college of nursing. The computerized mannequins are controlled by an instructor in another room, and can breathe in and out, blink and talk with students.

A section of the new facility serves as a virtual hospital with beds, life-like mannequins, and real equipment the students will learn how to work. In the past there were only pictures on the wall of the equipment.

It's all to help students make a smoother transition from school to a working hospital. The public is invited to tour the building Thursday morning, after a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting.

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