Located at the Learning Institute of Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the Center for Clinical Simulation, or “Sim Lab,” began in 2006 with a single SimBaby unit in a neonatal warmer.
Since its inception, The Center for Clinical Simulation has continued to provide realistic training for pediatric health care professionals, in a controlled and safe environment. Using health care simulation technology, trainees practice skills and receive instant feedback focused on patient safety. Facilitators observe, assess and evaluate the processes and outcomes of both individual and team simulation.
The Sim lab today
The Center for Clinical Simulation lab occupies more than 3,000 square feet and features two simulation rooms – one is a general pediatric room while the other can simulate an ICU or operating room. With our Web-based, state-of-the-art audio and visual system we can simulcast in real time to our classrooms or to any other computer on the network with access to the Internet.
Simulators and trainers
The Simulation Lab now features a number of different simulators and trainers geared to prepare health care providers deliver quality patient care.
These human patient simulators are the most technically advanced of the group, and provide a high degree of realism or fidelity. All the advanced features train healthcare providers to recognize and manage pediatric emergencies.
- The SimMan 3G is a wireless manikin that can bleed, cry and blink. The manikin’s lungs can have a different sound in each lobe, or the heart can have an isolated sound in a specific chamber.
The SimBaby manikins have lifelike traits, such as a fontanel, that can be adjusted to present as normal, sunken or bulging. They also have pulses, can be given IV fluids, and have lung sounds and heart sounds.
- The Neo Hal manikin simulates a neonatal infant. Neo Hal shares many of the same features as SimBaby.
- MegaCode Kelly and MegaCode Kid are two simulators specifically designed for teaching a variety of advanced lifesaving techniques.
The lab also has a number of low-fidelity task trainers that medical professionals use to hone clinical competencies. These include airway, IV and central line trainers.
The Center for Clinical Simulation has come a long way since that first SimBaby in 2006. The lab now boasts a variety of high-fidelity patient simulators with realistic sounds and responses. Their pupils dilate, and they have vital signs, including heartbeats and breath sounds. Their skin changes color and even swells to exhibit symptoms based on scenarios programmed by instructors.
The Sim Lab will continue to incorporate quality initiatives, additional research and programming to improve patient outcomes, and align its strategic goals with those of the larger hospital organization.