PEORIA, Ill. -- Life is on the line at local hospitals every minute of every day even when the patients aren't human.
In the simulation center at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria nursing students are put in team situations, working on computer-programmed mannequins.
These high tech "patients" cost up to $90,000 and can simulate almost everything a human does, even sweating.
Volunteers step in as well to act as the patients' spouses or parents.
On Tuesday, senior students helped a "young boy" who was having several issues after a tonsillectomy.
"We ask them to suspend reality. This is a mannequin, but it’s an incredible learning opportunity,” said Lisa Preston, Simulation Center Director. “They are awesome. They really embrace it. The really love their sim days, they feel safe. And you have to feel safe in order to learn."
Preston said the simulation center has helped Methodist College increase its enrollment to record levels.