MC, MMH, fire department unveil life-saving simulator to community

Through a joint effort by Marietta College, Marietta Memorial Hospital and the Marietta Fire Department a new Emergency Care Simulator (ECS) is now being used to help save lives in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The simulator, which is dubbed "Stan the Man," was unveiled Thursday, May 18, during a news conference at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

"This was made possible by the cooperation of a number of entities. This would not be possible without each of them doing their part," said Dr. Gloria Stewart, associate professor and director of MC's Physician Assistant Master's Program.

Stewart collaborated with Ann Jacobs, Director of Organizational Development at Marietta Memorial Hospital, and the late Ted Baker, former Marietta city fire chief. Each saw tremendous potential for hands-on learning in their organizations with a patient simulator. Jointly they sought funding for the purchase of an Emergency Care Simulator, a unit that would respond best to the various interests of each group.

Marietta College received a challenge grant from the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund and a matching grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to fund 80 percent and both Marietta Memorial Hospital and the Marietta Fire Department contributed the remaining funds. Marietta Memorial Hospital is also donating space for the Emergency Care Simulator, also known as "Stan the Man" to be set up permanently and used conveniently by each of the partners. In total, $127,160 was raised or donated for the project.

The Emergency Care Simulator is a computer-model-driven, full-sized mannequin specifically designed to support emergency care scenarios with a broad range of capabilities that empower EMTs, paramedics and Emergency Department clinicians.

Lt. Marc Coppernoll of the Marietta Fire Department demonstrated a few of the techniques at Thursday's news conference.

The ultra sophisticated and highly versatile ECS blinks, speaks and breathes, has a heartbeat and a pulse, and accurately mirrors human responses to such procedures as CPR, intravenous medication, intubations, ventilation and catheterization.

"Having access to the Emergency Care Simulator gives those being trained in Washington County an extraordinary advantage," said Dr. David Wirtz, medical director for the ECS. "He can be programmed to have every medical emergency that you can imagine and will respond once a health care professional begins treatment."

This project will also enable outreach education opportunities to other entities in Washington County. The portability of the unit will make it usable in many venues - from classrooms to planned disaster drills — and will significantly improve healthcare professionals' competence in responding to emergencies.