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SIM-ND Crew Gets on Board Educating Through Mobile ER Unit

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After training in Grand Forks for weeks, medical providers from five hospitals in the state join together to get on board SIM-ND, and take their training to all areas of North Dakota.

The Bismarck crew consists of both St. Alexius and Sanford health professionals working for the same team.

A medical mannequin named Tommy, simulates a young burn victim.

He blinks, breathes and you can actually feel his pulse.

The technology allows medical care providers to respond to trauma situations, and provide care accordingly.

Brittney Opp is a registered ER nurse in Bismarck.

She's also part of the SIM-ND training crew--and providing the voice of Tommy-- in the next room.

"It gives me a different perspective you really have to get into the role of the patient, but it's fun because it helps make it real." says Brittney Opp, SIM-ND Trainer, Bismarck ER Nurse.

This SIM-ND mobile simulation unit is designed to make emergency scenarios as real as possible.

This may be nothing new in larger emergency rooms in the state, but Brittney is excited to take this to smaller areas.

"I'm from a small town in Montana and my mom is on the quick response unit there, this kind of hits home for me being able to bring that education to similar communities that I'm from." says Opp.

The overall goal is for the SIM-ND crew to travel to rural critical access care units and give advanced training that will help all responders.

As someone who first got on board only weeks ago, Brittney Opp says it can be overwhelming, but don't worry, the trainers are here to talk you through it.

"For all the learners, just having that voice come out of the simulator, it kind of gives them a whole new idea, makes them treat the patient not just the wound or the trauma that's happening, you have to treat that patient because that voice is there." says Brittney Opp.

One of these trucks is based in Bismarck, Minot, Grand Forks and Fargo.

The four SIM-ND units were purchased through the Leona and Harry Helmsley Charitable Trust.

The nearly five million dollar grant was awarded to the North Dakota Simulation Teaching and Research Center at UND last August.

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