The Interprofessional Simulation Center Will Soon Be Live!

It can urinate, bleed, vomit, drool, and even cry. If you can do it, so can the SimMan 3g patient simulator. The life-sized manikin can even exhibit a range of different heart and lung sounds, interchange its gender, and talk in various languages with the help of a speaker in the control room. And the first SimMan will be ready for interprofessional student simulations at TUC in the early part of 2018.

Simman 3g

With a seed grant given last year from the Frank M. & Gertrude R Doyle Foundation, the Interprofessional Simulation Center will begin training users in mid December. The center will be run by the Clinical Skills lab, which also performs Objective Structured Clinical Encounters (OSCE) for students.

At the Interprofessional Simulation Center, student doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and PAs undergo realistic scenarios together to gain an intimate understanding of each other’s scopes of practice.

For Dr. Ann Stoltz, Director of the School of Nursing and visionary for the project, the potential is tremendous.

“It’s about communication, teamwork, and collaborating,” she says. “250,000 medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. each year, and the number one contributing factor is communication errors. We’re trying to change that.”

Once construction is completed, the Interprofessional Simulation Center will look and feel just like a hospital room. A monitor displays the manikin’s respiration, heart rhythm, blood oxygenation, and blood pressure, just like it would for a real life patient. Three cameras will capture each attempt to treat the manikin so that the students can review the experience and learn from it.

The goal is to put students in situations where they can learn from their mistakes, find a better way to do things, and learn how to work together to achieve the best outcomes.

“I’ve been in situations where the simulated patient died,” remembers Stoltz, “and the nurses were so invested that they started crying because they had tried so hard.”

Once the first simulations begin, a second patient simulator will be on its way to train students on how treat pregnancy and deliver infants.

“There is so much potential to grow,” stresses Stoltz. “I’ve seen this before at Sacramento State, and the value is incredible.”