The local Hospital Helpers Auxiliary recently donated money to purchase an artificial arm for the nursing services staff at Fallon Medical Complex (FMC).
Posted February 7, 2014
The local Hospital Helpers Auxiliary recently donated money to purchase an artificial arm for the nursing services staff at Fallon Medical Complex (FMC). This generous donation will be used as an educational tool, allowing staff to hone and maintain their skills at providing injections, blood draws, and IV starts for their patients. It is anticipated this tool will be of meaningful use for all of FMC’s nursing staff, regardless of their level of experience.
“We couldn’t ask for a nicer gift,” stated Sue Lunde, RN, FMC’s Director of Nursing. “Staff will be able to practice their skills at any time without the pressure of ‘getting it right’ on a real patient.” Traditionally, nurses have used oranges for this purpose, since an orange peel best simulates human skin for the purpose of inserting a needle. The artificial arm is even more lifelike, offering a true-to-life experience, short of the patient saying, “ouch”.
Ms. Lunde further commented, “The more practice nurses can get, the better they will perform during times when those skills are needed the most.”