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Patient manikins allow medical professionals and students to practice care

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They can blink, talk and breathe. Sort of.

Thanks to new technology, those training in the medical field can first practice on these simulators before treating real patients.

"They are making them more and more realistic and lifelike they're able to express concerns tell you what they're feeling," said Cheryl Gage, a labor and delivery nurse.

Students and current medical professionals had a chance to check out these new manikins at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center.

"They can use the equipment and work on their skills, so that we're doing our best to provide excellent patient care," said Joyce Cook, senior stimulation specialist.

These five new simulators help medical professionals practice everything from basic care to emergencies in a safe environment.

"Go through the drills every single time we say, ‘OK this step this step’ and then when it's an emergency it's second nature" Gage said.

Gage said the simulators are helpful tools even for people who have been working with real patients for years.

"[It] forces us to say OK, this is how we've done it, how can we do better?" Gage said.

Mid-Michigan Medical Center has been recognized for its doctor and patient communications.

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