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♦ New Center for Clinical Skills Training Strenghthens Patient Care at Memorial Hospital
centerforclinicalskillstrainingribbonpgfinal.jpegNoelle, a laboring Mom, needs to deliver urgently because her baby shows signs of distress. When the baby is delivered, he does not breathe on his own. The team of physicians and nurses first attend to the medical needs of the mother and then take their positions to perform a neonatal resuscitation. The baby begins breathing on his own. This scenario sounds real and happens in true life, but the S575 Noelle® and SimNewBTM are actually state-of-the-art specialized manikins used for simulation education training at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.

In an effort to provide the most advanced medical training for primary care residents, the Memorial Hospital/Brown Family Medicine Residency Program unveiled the new Center for Clinical Skills Training in their Family Care Center on October 19th.

Family Medicine faculty and residents demonstrated the hospital’s new high tech teaching simulators which will be used for training in various settings including emergency, OB/GYN and pediatric care. Funds for the equipment were provided by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to fund innovative primary care/family medicine residency training, as part of the federal government’s initiative to strengthen and grow the primary care workforce. HRSA is the primary Federal agency dedicated to improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable by providing national leadership in the development, distribution and retention of a diverse, culturally competent health workforce.

Memorial’s Family Medicine Center for Clinical Skills Training provides a unique experience for physicians, residents, nurses and other health care staff. The programmable manikins are capable of interacting with health care professionals, mimicking real people. They talk, have a pulse, have a blood pressure, move, and have changes in skin color. As interventions are performed the “patients’” condition will improve to reflect the treatment administered. Some of the interventions health care providers can perform include airway management, CPR, administering medications and IV access in children and adults, as well as management of labor complications such as post-partum hemorrhage and seizures.

“High tech simulation training equipment within the hospital and office settings is revolutionizing residency training,” said Gowri Anandarajah, MD, and director of family medicine residency. “Since family physicians provide care throughout the lifespan, it’s essential that they are highly competent in the emergency care of all age groups. We are thrilled that our medical, nursing and other hospital staff can offer the highest quality care to the patients of Blackstone Valley.”

The computerized integrated manikins — adult, pediatric and neonatal — are all controlled wirelessly, demonstrating true care in motion. In addition to Noelle, simulation equipment includes: SimNewBTM, a newborn simulator for neonatal resuscitation; S3005 Pediatric HAL®, a five-year-old simulator, an Advanced Life Support Trainer and Susie® S2000, an adult simulator. Additional equipment will also improve residents’ skills in clinical ultrasound, gynecological and musculoskeletal procedures.
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