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Simulation lab gives clinical staff opportunity to gain real life experience

Clinical staff can learn new skills in a safe environment

Simulation lab gives clinical staff opportunity to gain real life experience

As a leader in clinical education, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia ensures that all students and clinical staff are prepared for any scenario during their time in our hospital, as well as in their clinical careers outside of Shriners Hospitals for Children. In order to properly train and prepare all of our staff and improve patient outcomes, our staff utilizes a simulation lab on the seventh floor next to our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The lab contains heart monitors, oxygen, suction, a nurse’s station and all the normal capabilities clinical staff would find in a patient scenario. Nurses and students can also gain experience working with SIM Junior, a mannequin that is capable of simulating various heart sounds, heart rhythms, lung sounds and abdominal sounds. In addition, staff can auscultate a blood pressure and palpate pulses, defibrillate, perform CPR, insert an IV and much more.

Simulation can assist physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists and radiology technicians on how to respond to emergency situations and new clinical procedures. Because simulation allows nurses to learn in a real-life-like environment without putting patients at risk, our simulation lab is also a great tool to encourage staff to improve critical thinking skills in a safe manner.

Simulation for nurses is just the beginning. Our goal is to expand our nursing simulation to the parents and caregivers who will be going home with our patients, who may require care for tracheostomies, ventilators and/or feeding tubes.

Simulation lab at Philadelphia Shriners Hospital

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