Club Scrub students learn a simulator lesson

According to a press release, students from the future medical professional/Scrub club at the Ivy Center for Education learned new lessons in a simulation about intravenous therapy and injections.

The guest speaker was Tammaria Murray, clinical services manager at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences Family Medical Center at Pine Bluff.

Murray, a registered nurse who also holds a master’s degree in science, introduced the students to the advanced venipuncture and injection arm simulator.

The simulator reproduces the human condition as faithfully as modern plastic technology allows. This unit is the simulation of the whole human arm, from the shoulder to the fingertips. Externally, the skin texture is realistic to the touch, and the fingertips have fingerprints.

Murray showed the youngsters how to perform full venous access for IV therapy, bloodletting, intramuscular and intradermal injections. Venipuncture is a procedure used to remove blood from a vein. It is also known as a blood test. Intramuscular injections are used to deliver medication deep into the muscles. These allow the drug to be absorbed quickly. An intradermal injection is administered into the dermis, just below the epidermis of the skin. These types of injections are used for susceptibility testing such as tuberculosis, allergy and local anesthesia, according to the statement.

Along with Murray’s explanation and demonstration, she shared a video titled “Starting a Peripheral IV Catheter.” The video demonstrated how starting a peripheral IV is an essential skill in emergency medicine. (For more details, visit

“The opportunity to present to an impressive group of scholars was another highlight of my day,” Murray said. “It is always a pleasure to work with future healthcare professionals at the Ivy Center for Education.”

During the Q&A session, the students asked questions about “rolling veins” and how best to prep a patient with them. One of the board members asked about the importance of drinking water when going to an appointment for a blood test.

“There were so many great questions from the academics and Ms. Murray was a natural with her answers to all of them,” said Danielle Harris, host of the Ivy Center Club scrub program.

Mattie Collins is president of the Ivy Center.

“We are indeed grateful to the Arkansas Blue and You Foundation for a grant we received to purchase the advanced venipuncture and injection arm,” Collins said. “I especially appreciate the enthusiasm and feedback from our academics considering becoming biomedical engineers.”

For more information and how students in grades seven through ten can join the fall 2022-23 program, email [email protected]; visit the Ivy Center for Education Facebook page, Instagram or the website.

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