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Patient Illness/Emergency Simulation at the Stanford University Goodman Center

Posted Jun 24 2010 3:16pm

This is pretty neat as when errors are made they are allowed to play out with an unintentional consequences.  The students get a surprise as they do not know what image ailment they are going to get when they start.  You can see the control panels in the picture with a director that makes the adjustments in vital signs, etc. as the training moves forward.

In a real scenario we don’t want errors and the simulation lets the students see the outcome of a decision made that may not be the best and they can’t kill anyone in here.  The situations can be scaled according to various levels of difficulty and the stress that they are exposed to stress in the simulator helps to later on work in the real world with real patients. 

A debriefing process follows at the end whereby students can talk mistakes through or talk about other options they could have used. 

It increases confidence better than just reading in the book is a better “on hands” learning experience.  BD 

Medical schools are increasingly using simulators to prepare their students for clinical experience. The robotic patient can be adjusted to exhibit a wide range of conditions, and more importantly, can be brought back to life with the push of a button. Stanford Medical School has this promotional video for their simulation center.

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Bonus:  Stanford Humor – Cat Scratch Fever – The Virtual Patient

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