USA TODAY—For University of Delaware nursing student Shivani Patel, it’s easier to dismiss a dummy pleading in a robotic voice, “I feel like I’m dying,” than a patient with an actual pulse.

“If we work on manikins, we feel less incentive to actually interact with a patient,” admits Patel, a junior.

Until now, it’s been difficult to train nurses to handle real-life patient scenarios because you can’t exactly make someone deathly ill for a classroom exercise.

But with new technology developed by UD students and faculty, nursing students can practice suctioning airways on actors, who respond by gagging if they go too deep. Read the full story.

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