Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Gee Whiz! Sarasota's Cool Museum!
This museum is mostly hands on stuff for kids...But you know, Sparky is a kid at heart, so she had a LOT of fun today! First on the exploration of the museum was the medical wing--here Sparky got to see a training mannequin that was made to resemble a breathing human, right down to the pulsing beat of the arteries that you could feel with your fingertips, to feeling of the exhalation of breath at the mouth.
Sparky got to practice chest compressions with the aide of a nurse/museum guide in the medical wing. The nurse guide told me that "Stan, the man" mannequin was about a two million dollar investment for medical colleges and EMT training academies and other such facilities. The mannequin can be programmed to have a cardiac arrest, a seizure, or have other health issues, enabling medical emergency training to be as realistic as possible before medics and doctors practice medicine on REAL people. "Stan" even has openings for tracheotomy insertions, and tube insertions practice. He looked really real, with his chest moving up and down while he was "resting" on the table. Sparky learned some abbreviated C.P.R. moves today, like where to place the fingers so you don't break a rib, and how hard to press for compressions while watching the heart beat on the monitor. AND, to use the Beegees' song, "Staying Alive" to get the beat down for compressions. That's one of Sparky's favorite songs! Cool!