Meti-Man used in Department of Kinesiology and Health


Brett Massie: Right now he’s running as
what we call Stan Deardman or Standard Man. So we’re getting base physiology right now,
he’s breathing, he’s blinking now that he’s sort of up and running. He runs off
of a motor, if you will, or a compressor. Inside of here we can see the lungs expand
and the chest moves up and down. You have his battery pack and here is his circuit board
and essentially, it’s a router that connects to our computer as a work station so he has
sort of a wireless router in himself. The great thing about the Meti Man, is his ability
to provide us with real time physiology. We’re going to be able to take a real time blood
pressure and we’re going to get a reading just like you would on an actual real person. Jeremy Hiler: We were actually learning about
the eyes not too long ago and we learned about subdural and epidural hematomas and how the
pupils react to a blown pupil. Brett Massie: Light comes in and we get a
constriction of the pupil, take the light away and it bounces back. Both eyes for this
individual right now, he’s uninjured and is relatively normal both are going to react
accordingly. They will be able to notice his tongue swelling in certain situations. In
concert with an EMT, with that tongue swelling, they may be able to perform a tracheotomy
on the Meti Man. So this is the area where the tracheotomy would occur and then be able
to insert the tracheotomy tube. We can perform real time chest compressions in a situation
where we are needing to do CPR and actually see the result of that on an EKG as you work
with a real patient. Cody Costanzo: It’s basically just a bionic
man in a way. It can share the same symptoms as what we’d see in real life Brett Massie: He can mimic things that we
really can’t mimic with each other. You know, if the students want to model different
things they can model them with the lab. Hey, I’ve got a head injury, but they can’t
mimic the pupil reaction, they can’t mimic the decreased pathology. They can’t mimic
physiology. We can with the Meti Man. We can set him up to have that head injury, we can
set him up to have a neck injury to where there could be some catastrophic consequences
if not treated correctly. The nice thing is the student can learn on the Meti Man and
we know if we do something wrong, he is a simulator. It’s going to be used beyond
athlete training. You know, we can look at the physiology and simply just throw that
up in an exercise physiology class. Look and see how the body reacts to different stimuli.
Our plan is to also run some weekend seminars and workshops with local athlete trainers,
with EMTs, talk about what it is that each group does and how we hand that patient off
and use a simulator as part of that. The possibilities are somewhat limitless.

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