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Univ. of Miami Introduces Simulator “Harvey” to Sunset AOHS Students


On February 1, 2019 for National Groundhog Job Shadow Day, the University of Miami Michael S. Gordon Center hosted NAF Academy of Health Sciences students from Miami Sunset Senior High.

Academy students and teachers learned how “Next Generation Harvey®, The Cardiopulmonary Patient Simulator” mannequins are manufactured at The Gordon Center.

“This full-size manikin realistically simulates nearly any cardiac disease at the touch of a button by varying blood pressure, pulses, heart sounds, murmurs and breath sounds. Harvey is the longest continuous university-based simulation project in medical education, and no other simulator presents cardiac bedside findings at the level of detail and fidelity found in Harvey.”

Students met the staff and shadowed them as they created a mannequin. They were able to work directly with a cardiologist who teaches at The Gordon Center who taught them how to correctly identify heart murmurs, tachycardia, etc. using the mannequin simulator. Students also worked with a Paramedic and Emergency room nurse to learn about how current medical students are practicing their emergency skills. They practiced applying tourniquets and were able to see stabilization techniques.

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