Simulation Center at WMMCCF
Education That Saves Lives
A nursing team practices a life-saving procedure on a Sim Man manikin, while monitor provides vital signs and video camera records the exercise for later review.
You’ve heard of flight simulation, in which pilots practice before going up in an actual airplane. Now meet SimMom, a life-size mannequin who breathes, talks, cries — and gives birth.
SimMom – together with SimMan and SimBaby – brings an unprecedented degree of realism to healthcare education. She has human-like skin, a pulse and true-to-life weight. Give her the wrong medication and she can go into cardiac arrest. Caregivers practice on her in a highly realistic but safe learning environment, following computer-based videotaped scenarios run by instructors. The Charitable Foundation is actively seeking funds to establish a fully-equipped simulation laboratory at White Memorial.
“Simulation training has become the standard for continuing medical education,” said Cinna Wohlmuth, MD, program director of White Memorial’s OB/GYN Residency Program. “It’s a powerful tool for acquiring and practicing clinical skills.”
"One of its mightiest uses is coordinating team responses," said Miguel Martinez, MD, president of the hospital’s medical staff. "Team members can see both the details and a procedure in its entirety," he said.
Additionally, patients with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease will learn how to better manage their care in the lab. Pregnant moms will see what to expect before, during and after their babies’ arrival. Local young people will get a hands-on, practical glimpse into healthcare as a potential career.
“This lab will help save lives,” said Lynne Whaley, RN, White Memorial’s senior vice president of clinical operations and Chief Nurse Executive. “It lets caregivers hone their critical thinking and clinical skills with zero chance of patient injury.”
The 900-square-foot lab can be up and running in the Specialty Care Tower within 10 months of securing funding. The need must be met entirely through charitable fundraising, and the Foundation Board of Directors has designated this a priority project. A total of $1.3 million is needed.
The simulation laboratory project received a generous “seed grant” of $270,000 from the Lyman Brewer Fund to initiate the fundraising effort. The Lyman Brewer family and the fund have been constant supporters of White Memorial’s commitment to the training of young physicians and nurses over the years. In a very real way, the Brewer family will continue to partner with WMMC far into the future. Gifts are being sought from individuals, corporations and foundations.
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