Chesapeake College Profiles: Stan the Man and the Future of EMS Training


Almost every day of the school year, Stan, a man of middle age, shows signs of life threatening conditions that need immediate emergency care. Some days he suffers from a major heart attack, other days a stroke, or being involved in a serious car accident,  but in all these cases he he is in mortal danger as a team of students at Chesapeake College’s Emergency Medical Services degree program work to save his life.

Most of the time, Stan survives these brief near-death experiences but he does not make it easy for his caregivers. The $100,000 plus electronic dummy can manifest literally hundreds of symptoms including blocked breathing, bleeding, chronic sweating, skin discoloration, or acute abdominal pain by simply feeding options into Stan’s personal computer terminal.

The daily trials and tribulations of Stan, along with his six other highly advanced dummy colleagues, at Chesapeake College isn’t simply a updated version of the old board game of “Operation.”  This million dollar plus investment in the training of EMS personnel for the Eastern Shore has thrusted the Wye Mills community college into one of the most sophisticated in the country.

In his Spy interview, Chesapeake College’s Jon Longest, talks about how Stan is used in training and the career outlook for EMS.

This video is approximately six minutes in length 

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