"Hal" helping train hospital nurses

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It’s time for the Chippewa Valley to meet Hal. Hal is the newest addition to HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. He’s not your typical employee because he can die over and over and over again. And, he’s a mannequin.

“He breathes, so his chest rises and falls. In his mouth his tongue swells so if he having a reaction you can see it,” Nurse Educator Hannah Schroeder explained. “He can take IV’s, we can get his blood pressure and also check his oxygen.”

Hal’s presence inside the hospital has become invaluable. His lack of well-being is helping different departments train together.

“When you’re interacting with people on the floor, you have CNA’s, physicians, housekeeping, dietary and all kinds of people, so involving everyone in the training is important and having that communication line open is important,” Schroeder said.

The mannequin is helping nurses prepare for live scenarios.

“If there’s an emergency in real life, you’ve been through it before and you can respond and you can rely on your team,” Schroeder added.
To see Hal in action, watch the video attached.

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