CAE Healthcare announced today that two of Quebec's colleges (CEGEPs) have purchased advanced human patient simulators for nurse training. Dawson College and Cégep de Sept-Îles will use CAE Healthcare's wireless METIman and iStan patient simulators to train students in their nursing programs.

The METIman and iStan patient simulators breathe, blink, bleed and produce automatic physiological responses to medical treatments, including heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen level changes.  Fully wireless and mobile, they can be placed outdoors at simulated accident scenes or in hospital beds, transported in ambulances and operated remotely by instructors, adding realism to healthcare training.

"We are all realizing the importance of simulation in modern pedagogy. Time to competency in clinical milieus is reduced with use of simulation in courses. The consequences of making errors are not as critical when you are in a simulation, so it's a very comfortable learning environment for students," says Ray Bourgeois, the Dean of Dawson College and Quebec representative on the board of the  Canadian Association of Allied Health Programs. 

According to Bourgeois, more institutions are turning to simulation as access to training in clinical settings has declined. "Simulation is important for us not just in nursing, but in all allied health professions. If you simulate the work environment including inter-professional education, you can teach the students right away to avoid mishaps."

Christophe Bonnal, Director of Continuing Education and Business Partnerships at Cégep de Sept-Îles, says the college will also offer iStan simulation training to nurses and physicians who work in remote areas of Northern Quebec, or as first responders in the mining industry.  "Our simulator will be used by a broad scope of people to keep their skills up to date. We plan to use it as a regional asset," says Bonnal.

CAE Healthcare has sold more than 40 patient, surgical and imaging simulators in Quebec to hospitals, colleges, universities and the Canadian Forces Health Services. Customers include Université Laval, Université de Montréal, McGill University, Jewish General Hospital and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. CAE Healthcare also manages the Centre d'apprentissage des attitudes et habiletés cliniques (CAAHC) at Université de Montréal, one of the first universities in North America to integrate simulation-based learning into its medical training program. The 16,000-square-foot simulation center is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

About CAE Healthcare

CAE Healthcare offers cutting-edge learning solutions to healthcare students and professionals, allowing them to develop practical experience through risk-free simulation training before treating real patients. CAE Healthcare's full spectrum of simulation solutions includes surgical and imaging simulation, center management and highly realistic adult, pediatric and baby patient simulators. Today, approximately 7,000 CAE Healthcare simulators are in use worldwide by medical schools, nursing schools, hospitals, defense forces and other entities.

About CAE

CAE (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) is a global leader in modeling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defense. The company employs approximately 8,000 people at more than 100 sites and training locations in approximately 30 countries. CAE offers civil aviation, military, and helicopter training services in more than 45 locations worldwide and trains approximately 100,000 crewmembers yearly. In addition, the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy offers training to aspiring pilot cadets in 11 CAE-operated flight schools. CAE's business is diversified, ranging from the sale of simulation products to providing comprehensive services such as training and aviation services, integrated enterprise solutions, in-service support and crew sourcing. The company applies simulation expertise and operational experience to help customers enhance safety, improve efficiency, maintain readiness and solve challenging problems. CAE is leveraging its simulation capabilities in new markets such as healthcare and mining.


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