A Rockford Hospital is Home to a New High-Tech Simulation Lab

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   Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue has a newly renovated high-tech Simulation lab at its Prehospital and Emergency Services Center. Emergency care providers practice critical skills in real world scenarios like the following.

    Emergency Medical Services personnel arrive at the scene of a house fire and find one male victim lying outside the home. They immediately begin treatment on the burn victim. Training has made this second nature to this team of experienced emergency care providers. The team demonstrating their life saving skills in Mercyhealth’s new high tech simulation lab. Cutting edge technology brings the simulation experience to first responders, creating a realistic environment for hands on interactive training.

    Dr. Matt Smetana, Associate EMS Medical Director for Mercyhealth says, “The more real we can make it, the more stress we can put on them in the lab. In a safe environment where they have the opportunity to practice before they’re caring for patients in the field. It really benefits all involved.”

    Mercyhealth’s SIM lab also has eight new high-fidelity mannequin, including this adult male weighing 220 pounds. Each life-like mannequin has computer hardware and wireless programming to provide a very realistic patient experience.

    Mercyhealth EMS Systems Senior Paramedic Educator Jessica Johnson says, “With the push of a button we can change his physiologic responses. We can input medications that they’re simulating and giving. We can make him hypotensive. We can drop his blood pressure. We can change his breathing patterns.”

    Students practice in the SIM lab after extensive classroom time.

    Dr. Smetana says, “We always incorporate an education portion before we do the simulation experience as well as debriefing. This gives us an opportunity to really focus on what we can improve on throughout the situation.”

    And the SIM lab allows students to show trainers they are equipped to handle critical situations.

    Johnson says, “It’s exciting as an educator because I see that light bulb go on. You know, being able to stand in front of the classroom and teach acid based balance and have them go in and actually see it first hand on a simulator. This is what it does and this is what you’re going to see on a patient. It’s very exciting.”

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