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Media Release - November 22, 2005

Mohawk Receives $600,000 for Computerized Mannequins

HAMILTON, ON – November 22, 2005: Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman has announced that Mohawk will receive a $597,370 contribution to purchase state-of-the-art computerized mannequins that allow students to practice patient/nursing diagnosis and treatment. The Clinical Simulation Lab at the Mohawk McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences will provide nursing students with a ‘virtual’ hospital experience and opportunities to apply their critical problem-solving skills to scenario-based clinical simulations.

“Mohawk thanks Ontario for this investment on behalf of our nursing students, and we celebrate our ongoing partnership in Nursing with McMaster and Conestoga” stated Mohawk President MaryLynn West-Moynes. Added Rosemary Knechtel, Executive Dean for Mohawk’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Human Services: “This equipment will empower students through customized, computerized scenario programs and better prepare them for future clinical placements.”

The mannequins have realistic articulation, anatomical landmarks and simulation situations which challenge students to test themselves on their clinical and decision making skills, and are multi-disciplinary with exceptional programming capabilities. The mannequins include a family of clients with babies, children and adults providing complex scenarios for enhanced teaching and learning. The anatomically correct ‘virtual’ patients can speak and simulate different pathologies and symptoms for student diagnosis and response, and enable students to practice difficult and challenging procedures like tracheotomy care, inserting catheters, and managing chest tubes.

The new equipment will complement similar mannequins purchased by Mohawk last summer, providing a full range of learning experiences for the students. These new and more computerized mannequins should be delivered early in 2006.