Clinical Simulation Laboratory
Cate Nicholas, EdD, MS, PA
Director of Simulation Education
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
"The benefit of simulation is that we can provide whatever you need, whenever you need it, tailored to the learner. So, if medical students need to know how to manage a 23-year-old woman with a migraine with aura, we can give you twelve 23-year-olds with migraine with aura on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m."
The Clinical Simulation Laboratory is located on the second floor of the Rowell and Given Buildings on the University of Vermont campus and adjacent to Fletcher Allen Health Care. Central headquarters are located in 9,000 square feet of newly-renovated space that includes inpatient rooms, and ER/OR/MICU/SICU training room, skills labs, control center and debrief/meeting rooms. The outpatient rooms are just a corridor away, with 12 exam rooms set up to support simulated patient encounters using standardized patients and mannequin simulators. A satellite simulation lab is located at Fletcher Allen Health Care on the fifth floor of the McClure building, and a fully outfitted ambulance (the Simbulance) is also available for training.
- Six in-patient hospital rooms and twelve outpatient exam rooms, all equipped with video cameras for recording and communicating
- Multi-purpose room that can function as a simulated Operating Room, Emergency Room or Intensive Care Unit
- Professional skills/task training lab with body-part models for learning how to draw blood, wound care, lumbar puncture, joint injection, insertion of central lines, insertion of IV line, arterial blood draw, chest tube insertion, and airway management
- Virtual reality lab for practicing surgical skills
- Debrief rooms
- Adult and child mannequin simulators: A wide range of full-body mannequin simulators demonstrate lifelike physical responses including respiratory distress, change in vital signs, and appropriate reaction to treatment and administered agents.
- Task trainers- Body-part simulator models used for task specific skill development.
- Standardized patients: High trained individuals who accurately portray a specific role or condition.
- Hybrid Simulations - Combine a Standardized Patient with a partial task trainer or full patient mannequin for unique simulated encounters.
- Simulation Software: The Clinical Simulation Laboratory utilizes Education Management Systems (EMS) Arcadia system: an integrated software and digital audio-video recording system that creates an optimal solution for teaching, training and evaluation for clinical simulation.
Virtual Reality Room
Simulators with computer generated 3-D graphics provide realistic training environments to help learners practice skills in laparoscopy, hip and shoulder arthroscopy, colonoscopy and upper GI endoscopy, bronchoscopy, including endobronchial ultrasound and laparoscopic robotic surgery.
Task Trainer Room
Users learn a variety of procedural skills including drawing blood, wound care, lumbar puncture, joint injection, central line insertion, IV placement, arterial blood draw, chest tube insertion, and airway management. Learners of all levels practice skills sets before working with patients, to learn a new procedure or to refresh their skills.
From Operating Room to Emergency Room to Medical Intensive Care Unit to Surgical Intensive Care Unit to Delivery Room, this fully equipped space can be transformed to meet the need of the learner.
The Virtual Hospital has six patient rooms, one with an attached bathroom. Students enter from the outside hallway during a simulation while faculty and simulation technicians sit behind one way glass to operate the manikin and run the simulation.
Virtual Outpatient Clinic
The Virtual Outpatient Clinic has 12 exam rooms. Our AV system, one way glass, headphones and centrally located control station allow us to monitor each room. Students enter the rooms from external hallways. Standardized Patients enter the rooms from the center hallway. Computers are located outside each room for students to complete pre- and post-encounter activities as well as inside each room for the Standardized Patients to complete their evaluations. All 12 rooms can be observed simultaneously on two large monitors.
Each room has 2 cameras, one fixed and one that can tilt and zoom. Video and audio recording is available in 4 out of our 7 rooms. Recordings are reviewed with learners during the debriefing session.
Debriefing is the heart and soul of a simulation exercise. During a debriefing session learners are asked to reflect on the actions that they took during the simulation and discuss key learning points which can then be applied to real life situations.
McClure Teaching Room
A simulation room located at our teaching hospital provides a convenient location for residents and nurses to train and conduct research. The location includes an inpatient room, attached control room and conference room with a one way mirror.
Taking the simulation show on the road! Our converted ambulance, the “Simbulance”, provides the setting for realistic patient transport scenarios as well as bringing our equipment to area hospitals and other off-site locations.
Last modified September 25 2012 05:45 PM