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The Rhode Island Hospital Medical Simulation Center is composed of a simulation control room and simulator area, two trainee simulation-viewing areas, a conference room for audiovisual debriefings, storage and equipment rooms and an office suite.
The facility's main simulation room is more than 1,200 square feet. It was designed to be a flexible environment to accommodate multiple simultaneous simulations in emergency department, hospital ward or other critical care settings. The center has been successfully conducting multi-patient prehospital and hospital-based training for graduate medical education and weapons of mass destruction event preparedness.
Most aspects of actual treatment areas and equipment are reproduced to help participants suspend disbelief. Advanced resuscitation equipment, medications, medical gases, overhead lights and computer imaging display capabilities are some of the elements incorporated into the design of the Simulation Center.
The Rhode Island Hospital Simulation Center's audiovisual system incorporates professional recording and editing capabilities to create educational materials for remote and off-line learning. Remote learning is possible by conventional teleconferencing or by stateof- the-art Internet-2 multicasting video (requires additional equipment at destination).Teams or individuals alternate viewing and participating in single or multiple patient scenarios; these are followed by a video-based debriefing to facilitate discussion, evaluate performance and highlight educational objectives.
The center currently uses four Laerdal SimMan manikins, one Laerdal SimBaby manikin and one METI HPS manikin. The center also has access to a Gaumard Noelle manikin for labor and delivery simulation, and a trauma disaster casualty kit. These high fidelity manikins have fully computerized control and audiovisual interactive capability.