August 6, 2012
At Medical Schools' Simulation Centers, New Doctors Can Learn Without Fear
Eric Younghans, USF Health Communications
Holding an ultrasound probe steady with his left hand and inserting a needle at a precise angle with his right, Joseph Frye threads a catheter into his patient's neck. There's little margin for error. A slip of the needle could puncture the carotid artery; failing to scrub up sufficiently could introduce a deadly infection into Mr. Jones's bloodstream.
Lucky for the young doctor, Mr. Jones is a mannequin—an upper torso, really—and just the subject for a