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Students treat dummies that 'die'
You can hear the sound of its heartbeat, lungs and bowel
New hi-tech dummies that bleed, speak and die, if given the wrong treatment, are being used by medical students.

The 135,000 mannequins are part of a new 4.5m training facility being opened at the University of Portsmouth.

Professor Lesley Reynolds said: "They breathe oxygen, drool, secrete fluids, blink, bleed and even react to drugs injected into their bodies."

The centre will be used by students of medicine, social work and dentistry as well as police and firefighters.

Professor Reynolds, director of the centre, said the mannequins were treated as real patients by staff and students.

If they get it wrong, the patient dies
Professor Lesley Reynolds

They have names, biographies and complete medical histories.

"If the students provide the right treatment, the mannequin improves; if they provide the wrong treatment, the patient's condition worsens," Professor Reynolds said.

"For example, the mannequins can simulate cardiac arrest. The students can then administer a medicine such as epinephrine to try and get the heart going again.

"If they administer the right drug and the correct dose, the mannequin's heart will start beating again. If they get it wrong, the patient dies."

Cameras and microphones also mean students and instructors can watch and critically appraise performances in real time.

Medical students work on the dummies

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