Western Campus Simulation Lab
What is a Human Patient Simulator?
A Human Patient Simulator is a computerized mannequin that breathes, blinks, has a pulse and simulates human-like responses. The HPS, as it is called, is used in the training of health career students and health professionals alike. Simple to complex scenarios are programmed to give health care providers the opportunity to apply their knowledge and practice critical thinking in the care of patients. For more information visit the METI human patient simulator site.
What is a Standardized Patient?
Standardized Patients (SPs) are specially trained actors used in the training of healthcare students and professionals to create near, real-to-life scenarios which allow students to learn in a safe environment. SPs accurately and realistically portray symptoms and act out case scenarios. SPs are used as part of training and educating, giving students the opportunity to practice/sharpen their skills while giving them opportunities to practice decision making, critical thinking and other knowledge they have learned in the classroom. Faculty and teaching staff can utilize SPs to educate or evaluate students when conducting competencies. Use of SPs brings realism to the education or evaluation of your students. SPs can be used in the SP lab, in the various labs throughout the HTC or in the classroom. SPs can be utilized for non-invasive testing purposes or to improve/practice communication skills.