How a Simulation Lab Helps Medical Staff

Peek inside Children’s simulation lab, a 3,000-square-foot facility where clinicians use high-fidelity manikins and virtual gaming to simulate complex patient scenarios.

Simulation Lab

Lab Mirrors Hospital Rooms

Sim Lab rooms mirror inpatient hospital rooms; their equipment is the same as found in real life settings or technologically adapted to mimic those clinicians use for patient care. While this monitor looks identical to those used in rooms, the screen numbers are computer-generated patient indicators.

Educators in Command Central

Behind the scenes of every simulation, highly trained clinical educators spend hours programming the medical scenarios to ensure they’re as lifelike as possible. During a simulation, an educator mans a high-tech control booth to alter a manikin’s reaction to trainees’ medical treatment.

Almost Human Manikins

Registered nurses Mary Baker and Leslie Sanchez, both clinical educators, demonstrate appropriate interventions.

Pricey high-fidelity manikins — some cost up to $250,000 — have pulses and can breathe, cry, sweat, bleed, recognize medications, react and respond when spoken to, simulate noises consistent with physical distress, and more. In addition, manikins recognize and absorb the actual electrical shocks produced by the lab defibrillators (shown above) making it possible for the staff to simulate real-life resuscitations.

What This Lab Means to You

Simulation training takes teaching beyond theory, but not yet to bedside, creating a safe place for our staff to refine their clinical skills and practice critical lifesaving procedures. This valuable training helps ensure our clinicians can deliver the best care possible should one of your children ever need medical attention.


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