The William Maul Measey Institute for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety (ICS) provides simulation tools to aid in the development of curricula that encourages learners to develop procedural skills and enhance their clinical decision making process. Procedural task trainers, virtual reality trainers and high fidelity patient simulators are all available for use. The integration of procedural trainers, simulators and the use of Standardized Patients is encouraged.
Programs for procedural skills include the use of trainers for pelvic exams, arterial blood gas collection, urethral catheterization, and ultrasound guided central line insertion, to name a few. Medical students, interns, residents, nurses and physicians all benefit from the use of these devices. The programs may be directed toward the novice learner or may be used for assessment and competency of skills.
Patient Simulation Scenarios
High fidelity adult and infant patient simulators are used to create realistic patient scenarios that clinicians may encounter in their practice. Sessions are generally conducted in small groups with a faculty instructor observing and leading the debriefing following the encounter. Working individually, collaboratively, or as part of a team, participants learn to assess problems quickly and develop and act on management plans. This type of environment allows for an intimate learning experience.
Virtual Reality Trainers
The use of virtual reality systems allows the learner to practice individual skills while receiving haptic feedback from the device. The device tracks the performance of the learner and at the conclusion of the session immediate feedback is provided. The trainers record the individual’s progress of the skill as they complete additional levels of complexity. These devices are valuable tools for assessing an individual’s progress and competency level.