A nurse is at a patient's bedside when suddenly the patient goes into cardiac arrest. The nurse quickly calls a code blue and goes into action. But this isn't an ordinary scenario – the patient isn't real, he's a life-like mannequin that simulates real-life medical scenarios as part of Washington Hospital Center's innovative Clinical Simulation Center (CSC). As one of the few hospitals in the nation to offer this hands-on technology, our CSC provides advanced team training and clinical skills to a broad range of our professionals in a controlled, risk-free environment.
Our state-of-the-art CSC offers various simulation equipment in a multitude of areas ranging from general surgery to gynecology services. Rooms are designed to mirror the appearance of a patient's hospital room, thereby making the experience that much more life-like and separate areas feature specialized task-training equipment for clinicians to practice and refine their clinical skills in many invasive procedures.
The adaptability of the CSC is what makes it such a success. Learners may utilize many of the resources available, including online learning modules on the Simulation and Training Environment Laboratory (SiTEL) Learning Management System, and hands-on simulated emergency sessions with trained actors standing in as patients.
While the scenario is created, the students are able to frame what their next step would be in context of their past experiences and past knowledge. This enables them to learn at their own pace, in their own way.
At the end of each simulated session, the instructors provide feedback on what went well and what can be improved upon during a debriefing session. All events are recorded and played back for review. Generally, students leave feeling much more confident and better prepared to handle their next real emergency.