Sunday, 20 July 2008

Bodies!

This week's Show and Tell is a strange one - how many of you get to see fake babies and torsos littering the hall in your place of work!!?

There was an advanced paediatric life saving course running at the hospital last week and when I saw the above bodies lining up in the hallway, I was so glad I had my camera in my handbag - so I went back to my locker, grabbed it and snapped this photograph.


These rather lifelike faces have come a long way from the original Resusi-Annie that definitely looked fake and plastic! Despite the oddity of seeing such things in the hallway, I am glad that someone had the idea of creating fake bodies so that paramedics, nurses and other healthcare staff could practice as it's the old catch-22 isn't it - how can you get experience without practice and of course, this is one sort of experience that you really would rather not obtain via a real life experience so the fake people come in handy here!

9 comments:

Wishing 4 One said...

Too weird, but cool in a strange way. I too am glad they have come a long way in teaching with more life like bodies. Did you talk to any of them? I would have, or at least picked up a baby or two.

Phoebe said...

My dad taught CPR when I was a kid back in the Resuscitation Annie days. I remember walking down the stairs in the morning, shocked to see a dead body, but it was just Annie. I miss that the mannequins these days don't have arms and legs. The ones we use now at work even have removable faces!

butterflyanla said...

Cpr bodies always freak me out a little bit. It is way too scary when you are the last to leave the building at night. I would always imagine some horror movie scenario and sprint out the door. Great picture.

Murgdan said...

I always feel funny 'bagging up the bodies' after a trauma class. The funny thing is our newest body folds up completely in half and is stored in a large suitcase, as opposed to the old 'body bag'. I felt like a criminal out of a murder movie folding her up in there.

Kristin (kekis) said...

I'm glad that I haven't gotten QUITE to the point of wanting to take one of those babies home with me. Luckily I'm not crazy enough to do it. Not yet . . .

Michell said...

Very funny. I remember in nursing school having the "dummies" to practice on and having basically anatomically correct interchangable body parts. So strange.

Amy said...

Whenever I see those all I can think is, "Annie, Annie, are you ok?" The older I get, the less people get it since it's different now, but does that stop me from saying it out loud? Not a chance.

Nit said...

Those "dummy's" gave me a bad flashback to a time when I used to have to take CPR classes every few years!!! (I was working in a nursing home) I dreaded them then, but now realize how valuable they are & am going to re-do one soon! :)

Alice Teh said...

Weird but interesting! :D