In our previous article, we briefly touched upon the history of medical manikins. We saw how they have been a staple of medical training for hundreds of years, and how they continue to be an important part of medical schooling even today. But now let’s look at some of what makes today’s manikins as lifelike as they are.
First of all, they look quite real. Realistic molding and features like eyes and hair ass a sense of realism to the overall experience. Everything down to skin tone is through with in terms of appearance.
There is also the aspect of touch. While some manikins are still hard plastic, others have a more lifelike texture and feel to them. Especially ones that have complete sets of internal organs. This allows for some sort of familiarity with the outside and inside of a human body. This adds to the confidence of young doctors as they have some experience with how a human being feels inside and out.
There are also specialty manikins that are only used for specific training. For example, there are childbirth manikins that only include the needed parts for that specific procedure. Because these manikins only include the necessary parts for a particular procedure, they can be made lifelike and inexpensive (relatively). There are specialty manikins for lots of things, like CPR manikins, prostate manikins, choking manikins, etc. These allow for greater training efficiency and effectiveness.
So as you can tell, the future of medical training looks bright thanks to these devices. And the future holds even more advanced training devices just waiting to be developed and put into good use.