High fidelity manikins provide realistic feedback and bodily functions. These include (but are not limited to): chest rise; blinking and pupil dilation; heart, lung, and bowel sounds; blood pressure; bilateral carotid, radial, brachial, femoral, popliteal, and pedal pulses. They can simulate a very wide range of medical conditions including (but not limited to): seizures, cyanosis, cardiac arrest, and shock. Adjustments can be made in real-time to react to interventions provided by the students. The simulation center has several Lifecast masks that can be put on manikins to make them appear more realistic.
Low Fidelity Manikins
These manikins are hyper-realistic but low fidelity; meaning they look very much like real people but have no other functionality. Low fidelity Manikins are used in scenarios where physical assessment and intervention isn’t the focus. A nurse’s job often involves communication, emotional/behavioral assessments, and overall empathy. The idea is that students will be more prone to engage in an empathetic manner with manikins that look more realistic.