Gunnison Valley Hospital

Human Patient Simulator Brings Hi-Tech Training

June 15, 2012
Courtesy of The Crested Butte News

Gunnison Valley Health has acquired a state-of-the-art Human Patient Simulator that will significantly enhance first responders’ preparedness for emergency health care throughout Gunnison County and its neighboring communities.
This new Emergency & Medical Training Program, consisting of the iStan Human Patient Simulator and its  accompanying mobile simulation lab, offers medical professionals exceptional continuing education
and competency in realistic training scenarios.
Twelve healthcare professionals from Crested Butte, Gunnison, and Lake City have been certified as iStan’s simulation instructors.
A preferred training tool of the U.S. Army, Human Patient Simulators are amazingly versatile, and unlike a mannequin, can be programmed for more than 5,000 life-like scenarios in a training environment.
From bleeding wounds to light-sensitive pupils, convulsions, breathing, pulse, heart sounds and the ability to talk and react like a real patient via the instructor, iStan is capable of amazing lifelike qualities that allow learners to become fully immersed in the learning experience.
In this rural Colorado community, first responders and medical personnel encounter an array of medical issues that are not seen on a regular basis. This new training program can be a crucial learning tool for EMTs, fire fighters, police officers, first responders, nurses, physicians, search and rescuers, and even ski patrol to stay on top of their training and be ready to respond to the next emergency, from minor to severe, in a timely, thorough and appropriate manner.
Gunnison Valley Health received a $94,282 matching grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to acquire this exceptional training tool for Gunnison County and may be shared with surrounding areas.
The Gunnison Valley Health Foundation advanced funds in order to bring the training equipment to the community for professionals and supporters to see first-hand.
As the Health Foundation gets under way with raising $94,282 for the new Medical & Emergency Training Program, more than $7,000 in financial support has already been committed by the Gunnison Valley Health employee giving club, the Gunnison Car Club and private donors.
Proceeds from the fi fth annual Gunnison Valley Health Foundation Golf Classic (this Friday, June 15 at The Club at Crested Butte) will benefit this new Medical & Emergency Training Program. Join them for a four-person scramble or to watch the Helicopter Ball Drop and meet iStan.
To learn more about Gunnison Valley Health’s new Medical & Emergency Training Program or the upcoming Golf Classic, contact Lauren Holbrook at (970) 642-8406 or go to

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