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Simulation Lab

An Intensive Care Unit Simulation Lab at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt was set up in July 2007. Since then, this program has grown to become an institution-wide program that is being utilized by several departments and services. The Center interdisciplinary structure has promoted collaborative work among members of the Division and other departments.

The simulation center has several sophisticated computerized high fidelity manikins, as well as several other instruments including a bronchoscopy simulator and an ultrasound simulator to provide training in different clinical domains such as cardiac arrest situations, rapid response scenarios, airway management, emergency and elective invasive procedures, teamwork, interactions and communications among team members, bronchoscopy, and rare events.

The simulation center has several training Labs all supported by a state of the art audiovisual (A/V) equipment with several cameras located in different positions to capture accurate and detailed images of all events recorded during training. This A/V equipment is simultaneously linked to computerized manikins to provide instant feedback.

The Simulation Center at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt is being used to train residents in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Anesthesia, Critical Care Nurses and Respiratory Therapists. A fellowship in Simulation was started four years ago as a joint collaboration with the Department of Emergency Medicine.
This year, as part of joint orientation for new fellows in pulmonary and critical care medicine, the simulation center hosted all new first year fellows in the Mount Sinai Health System for one full day simulation-based orientation that included simulation-based training in basic and advanced airway management, central line insertion training, and bronchoscopy introduction training.

Examples of simulation training that are provided in CAMS are:

  • Training for emergencies such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and shock resuscitation
  • Training for teamwork among physicians and interdisciplinary teamwork including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists
  • Established environment for discussing error by providing feedback during the post event debriefing session
  • Training in central venous catheter placement and chest diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including standard aseptic technique protocol to prevent hospital acquired infection
  • Providing an environment for research in quality improvement and patient safety.

     

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