A simulator at Penn State Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine gives doctors real practice, but no real patients are involved.
Teachers call the mannequin used for training "Mr. Jones." He is about as close to a real human as you can get. He has vital signs, blinks and even breathes.
"He actually consumes oxygen and exhales carbon dioxide just like we do. So if he becomes hypoxic, the oxygen in his blood drops. We can give him real oxygen. He'll respond to that," said Sally Rudy, a simulation educator.
Mr. Jones is controlled by a simulation expert who can make him have a heart attack, stroke or any number of medical problems.
"He responds as if he were a real patient with whatever condition we give him. So he's very wonderful to use in a simulation because we can do so much with him. We can mimic almost any patient condition with him," Rudy said.
Mr. Jones is just one of several simulators at the College of Medicine. The facility is not just for medical students; experienced paramedics, doctors and nurses train there too.
"Being in the sim lab helps a lot. It puts us in that moment. It refreshes things, helps us learn new techniques so that we can put it to use when we need to," said Michele Spencer, a registered nurse.
"Our goal is for everybody on the health care team to take care of patients, to do it really well, so we give great care to our patients here at the Hershey Medical Center," said Elizabeth Sinz, MD, the Associate Dean for Clinical Simulation.
Mr. Jones cost $250,000, but doctors at the hospital said you cannot put a price on patient care.