Pueblo Community College recently purchased a synthetic cadaver, which faculty say will ultimately save the school resources.
The cadaver is constructed using synthetic fibers and water, and is built to withstand years of dissections.
“This high-fidelity simulation will save the college resources by not having our students dissect animals semester after semester,” said Carter Smith, coordinator of the emergency medical services program at PCC Southwest.
The cadaver was purchased using funds from an Amendment 50 grant the college received for $89,946, according to Shannon Livick, special assistant to the school’s executive dean. It will primarily be used by biology, nursing and emergency medical students.
The college held its first-ever synthetic cadaver dissection on April 8 in the health occupations building.