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Mannequins offer real-life medical training

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HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE (KWWL) - Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center has just unveiled some cutting edge technology - using human simulators to help future doctors and staff prepare for real life emergencies.

It may look like a real emergency, except for one thing - the patients are mannequins.

It's all part of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center's new patient safety training center. Students, residents, and staff can operate on dummy patients before they work with real patients.

The mannequins can simulate everything that a real patient can do. Everything from breathing and talking to blinking and crying.

The mannequins have been featured medical dramas on TV. The hospital has everything from car accident victims to fake young children- plus - simulators for internal surgeries and x-rays, and even actors to play the parts of patients in different scenarios.

New Hampshire congressman Paul Hodes toured the facility, for which he helped secure a $275,000 federal grant.

The staff hopes that practicing on these patients could help future doctors save real patients in an emergency.

Online Producer:  Adam Amdor

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