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banner-simlabWhat are high fidelity simulations, and why use them?

 

Three Phases of High Fidelity Clinical Simulations

CREATE CUSTOMIZED SCENARIOS FOR YOUR NEEDS

During this phase, trainees receive a patient chart, complete with patient presentation, history & physical, current medications and disease processes, physician’s orders and available lab work. Participants are responsible for reviewing the patient diagnosis and ensuring that they have a basic awareness of the disease process and the skills required to carry out the physician’s orders and patient care.

RISK-FREE INTERACTIVE HANDS ON EXPERIENCE

Participants will enter the clinical unit, conduct a head –to-toe physical assessment and proceed with completion of all doctor’s orders and patient care. The clinical scenario lasts roughly 60 minutes. All aspects of the scenario are videotaped from a variety of angles to facilitate comprehensive review.

LESSONS LEARNED

Immediately following the scenario, participants report to debriefing, where they review the video recording of the scenario and conduct an in-depth self evaluation of their performance and skill levels. The simulation specialists offer feedback on the strengths of the participants’ skill levels and their opportunities for improvement and provides instruction and evidenced based nursing practices specific to the skills and disease processes being reviewed.


Southwest's Clinical Simulations Center

REALISTIC PATIENT CARE SETTING

The unit houses three distinct patient care settings: an ER bed, ICU bed and a labor and delivery bed. The unit has four high fidelity simulation manikins: METI’s iStan; Laerdal’s SimMan3G, Gaumard’sNoelle birthing manikin and the Gaumard Newborn Hal. The unit is equipped with a functional crash cart and Lifepak 12 defibrillator, 12 lead ECG machine, MedDispense electronic medication dispensing system, and a nurses station with computer access to MicroMedex.

FULL VIDEO/AUDIO ACCESS WITH STREAMING VOCALS

The control room houses three server systems, four computers, and four wall-mounted monitors. This technology allows full video and audio access to the lab and to the patient simulators. This set up facilitates live streaming vocals to enhance the trainee’s communications and interactions with the patient simulators

DISCOVER YOUR WEAKNESSES AND STRENGTHS

The debriefing area is a spacious conference room equipped with a 70 inch monitor that allows participants to review their clinical performance from each of six different angles. Through this observation, participants are able to honestly critique their level of skills acuity, their ability to effectively communicate in a team setting and their patient interaction


WHY CLINICAL SIMULATIONS?

  • skills development without potential patient harm
  • immerses participants in a positive learning environment
  • promotes team building and critical thinking skills
  • offers unlimited practice of technical skills and risky procedures
  • provides video documentation of skills competency
  • provides immediate feedback in debriefing