Support for New Simulation Center Will Set Rush Apart
Rush's new 15,000-square-foot simulation center will increase access to high-quality clinical training -- more than tripling the number of students and clinicians who can be trained at any one time.
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Simulation training saves lives. As students and health care providers learn to refine their communication, master new techniques, improve procedures and streamline emergency response, this training greatly enhances patient safety. Soon a new Rush University Simulation Center will allow Rush to offer even more of this critical instruction.
With the 2003 opening of the Rush University Simulation Laboratory, Rush was an early leader in simulation training. Now Rush’s new 15,000-square-foot simulation center will increase access to high-quality clinical training — more than tripling the number of people who can be trained at any one time.
Scheduled to open this fall, seven new training environments will simulate real-world patient care settings where students from across programs of study and multidisciplinary teams of caregivers — including physicians, nurses, physician assistants and other allied health professionals — can train together. Training sessions will be digitally recorded and projected to an adjoining classroom for others to view, and later participants can review and analyze their performances through a structured debriefing process.
In addition to practice with patient simulators that display lifelike responses to treatment and external stimuli, the new center will incorporate a wet laboratory, where trainees can practice skills like central line insertions or surgical stitches using cadaveric body parts. Another program will allow students and staff to work with live actors posing as patients and family members, strengthening diagnostic and communication skills.
According to the center’s Co-director Michelle Sergel, MD, the range of training opportunities that will set Rush’s center apart will also exemplify the commitment to quality of care and patient safety for which Rush is known.
“Simulation is a safe place to make mistakes,” Sergel said. “It’s where we practice unfamiliar techniques and new procedures, address our inefficiencies and learn from our errors, so that by the time a team treats your loved one, they know exactly how to get it right.”