High Tech Mannequins Teach Students How To Save Lives

There's a mannequin that talks, it's the size of a human and it can pretty much do anything a sick human patient does.

Vernon College Emergency Medical Services students like Brian Thio can now practice their skills with a mannequin that's no dummy.

"We all learn from mistakes and if we're working on a real person you can't really do that," said Thio.

That's why the lead paramedic's instructor Larry Borden says it was essential for the college to get 7 life-like patient simulators. The mannequins have a software inside them that allows them to show human symptoms like coughing or vomiting.

"The instructor would be behind them with a laptop that they can program the different vital signs, lung sounds, heart rhythms. They can make this baby do anything they want," said Borden.

Students can also do anything they want to the mannequin. They can give them injections and even do chest compressions.

Borden says, "They'll have some background in that situation so it won't have to be their first time to handle a cardiac arrest or their first time when a child chokes."

And to make things even more realistic the mannequins come with trauma parts to make it look like they've been burned or even cut. All to help students learn how to save lives one mannequin at a time.

Vernon College spent $240,000 on the mannequins. Most of the money came from a grant awarded by the Texas Comptroller's Office.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6