The Lifespan Medical Simulation Center began operation in May 2002. The center, a custom designed and built 3,000-square-foot training and assessment facility, is the largest and best-equipped adult and pediatric center in southern New England.
Patients ask how doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are able to confidently grasp the complexities of medical care and emergency procedures. They wonder: How do these doctors and nurses know how to correctly use the latest technological tools and equipment?
The answer: they are trained at Lifespan's Medical Simulation Center. Located at Rhode Island Hospital, this unique, state-of-the-art facility comprises a simulation control room and simulator area, trainee simulation viewing areas, a conference room for audiovisual debriefings, and offices.
Medical personnel from all of Lifespan's hospitals—and those from the local, national and international medical community—come to the Center's classrooms to learn and to master medical technologies and techniques designed to improve outcomes and to ensure patient safety. Medical teams also use the simulation center to hone their communication and teamwork skills to create the safest patient care environment possible in the regions' hospitals.
Lifespan's Medical Simulation Center has its origins in simulation training found in the aviation industry. Pilots and flight crews are required to complete simulation training before they fly an airplane. After hours spent in classroom training, these pilots and flight crews are better prepared for the flight when they are cleared for takeoff. The same is true for medical staffs at hospitals.
After hours of rigorous training at Lifespan's Medical Simulation Center, these medical personnel are more confidently able to provide superior clinical skills with less risk to patients. Medical personnel at the Center practice on life-sized computerized patient mannequins. They use computerized equipment that simulates operating and emergency room environments. They repeat procedures until they perform them with confidence. When they are cleared for takeoff (when a patient arrives for treatment at the hospital) their training enables them to reliably ensure that the patient's journey is smooth and safe.
Personnel from Lifespan's adult, pediatric and nursing staffs are trained and certified by a staff medical simulation team. Some of the techniques required for life-saving and routine operations taught at the center include:
Visit the official website of the Medical Simulation Center to learn more about what we do, read our publications, download curriculum, register for events and more.
We welcome you to submit questions or concerns relating to medical simulation at Lifespan.