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SVMHS Plans Clinical Simulation Lab

Salinas, CA - 11/1/2008

What: Demonstration of patient simulators

Where: Downing Resource Center Conference Rooms B & C, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, 450 East Romie Lane, Salinas

When: Monday, November 3, 2008

Description: Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is opening a state-of-the-art Experiential Learning Center soon at its new education facility at 611 Abbott Street in Salinas. On Monday, the "stars" of the new Center will be unveiled in the Downing Resource Center at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. We will demonstrate the adult, pediatric, birthing, and infant simulators. These simulators are anatomically correct, computerized mannequins designed to show signs and symptoms of various medical conditions. They can be programmed to simulate nearly any possible human medical emergency. One of the devices on display Monday is designed to simulate a human birth, with the delivery precisely controlled while monitoring devices track student actions. The human simulators have lifelike functions, such as sweating, tears and convulsions.

"Experiential, hands-on, learning has been used for many years in the aviation industry, the military and in medicine," says Rachel Failano, MSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Simulation/Skills Lab Coordinator, "but is relatively new territory for nursing, and in non-teaching hospital settings in particular. Clinical simulation adds an entirely new dimension to learning. We can create specific patient care environments and scenarios using high-fidelity, human simulators, rather than live patients, to learn the most effective and safest ways to respond in situations."

The Experiential Learning Center includes a control room, two simulation areas and de-briefing rooms. "We can run clinical simulations that include pre-programmed patient responses in addition to those in real time where changes are made based on the specific interventions of the learner," explains Rachel. "From the control room, we have access to a speaker in the simulator allowing someone to be the voice of the patient." Cameras capture and record audio and video from multiple views. Once the clinical simulation is over, participants review the recordings, discuss how things went and identify areas for improvement. "The bottom line is patient safety," Rachel says. "Clinical simulation supports this by providing an environment where learners can practice and gain experience."

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