Pro EMS Center for MEDICS believes in engaging and capturing the student’s interest in learning how to be a more proficient, competent and effective provider. We accomplish this through measurement of cognitive, psycho-motor and affective learning domains in order to ensure a well-rounded provider. Simulation is a critical component to measuring all three learning domains. Whether you are a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learning, you will walk away from a simulation session knowing how to do your job better next time.
Center for MEDICS uses simulation manikins and debriefing software from Laerdal. The Sim Man Essential is a wireless manikin that can simulate a very sick 35-year-old patient or a lonely 82-year-old female who calls 911 with vague complaints. Because the Sim Man’s compressor is in its leg, no tethering is required, which enables the manikin to be used anywhere; it can be extricated as well as transferred to multiple environments to create a more realistic scenario.
Over the past six years, we have seen increased benefit from the use and mastery of simulation manikins and debrief software. Sim Man Essential is sensitive enough that it even allows our simulation specialists to measure the quality of the provider’s compressions during CPR. Other benefits of the Sim Man Essential include secretion production, bleeding and wound appearance, convulsions, drug administration and event recognition, vascular access, pupillary response to light, and the ability to needle decompress the chest. The Sim Man Essential has pre-recorded sounds, including bowel sounds and a patient’s voice, providing our students a simulated experience that truly mirrors reality, including a patient’s physiological response.
Other benefits of the Sim Man Essential include:
- Multiple airway features, including head and chin tilt, jaw thrust, orotracheal and nasotracheal intubation
- Airway complications including, inability to intubate, tongue edema, pharyngeal swelling, laryngospasm, and trismus
- Breathing simulations, including spontaneous breathing, bilateral and unilateral chest rise and fall, normal and abnormal breath sounds, CO2 exhalation, and oxygen saturation and waveform
- Breathing complications such as cyanosis, bilateral needle thoracentesis,unilateral & bilateral chest movement, unilateral, uilateral & lobar breath sounds, and bilateral chest tube insertion.
- Cardiac features, including extensive ECG library, heart sounds at four anterior locations, ECG rhythm monitoring (4 wire), 12 lead ECG display, defibrillation and cardioversion, and pacing
- Circulation simulations, such as BP measured manually by auscultation of Korotkoff sounds, Carotid, femoral, brachial, radial, dorsalis pedis, popliteal and posterior tibialis pulses synchronized with ECG, and pulse strength variable with BP
- Vascular access for IV access (right arm), intraosseous access (tibia and sternum)
- CPR simulations, including generated palpable pulses, blood pressure wave form, and ECG artefacts, realistic compression depth and resistance, detection of depth, release and frequency of compressions, and real time feedback on quality of CPR
Sim Man’s eyes also function like a real patient’s eyes might, with blinking, winking, opening and closing, pupil dilation, and more.
Although Sim Man Essential is a critical part of our intense simulation sessions, Center for MEDICS also uses three fully functional emergency care ALS simulators.