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Simulation lab offers practice for real-life emergencies

LINDSAY RENNER-WOOD, Cumberland Times-News 

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The patients at a new training lab for UPMC Western Maryland staff can’t draw a breath, though it might seem like they can by the rise and fall of their chests.

The hospital recently opened up its new simulation lab, where nursing staff will have opportunities to practice for real-life emergencies on three ‘manikins,’ specialized, life-like dummies that allow for hands-on practice for emergency situations that can otherwise be difficult to attain. The lab has simulations of a pregnant woman, an adult man and an infant that can all breathe, move their eyes and even experience convincing imitations of medical emergencies.

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