Posted by: arbeam | January 18, 2013

Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Simulation Lab Provides Latest in Medical Training

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) — Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Simulation Center (Sim Lab) expanded training options were on full display for doctors, nurses, hospital corpsmen and other staff Jan 14. NHB’s Simulation Center has existed for more than three years to provide healthcare providers with a chance to accurately replicate the experience of giving patient care. These tasks can range from the mundane to highly complex and can cover every skill level. “The mission (of the Sim Lab) is to develop and maintain the skills of our healthcare staff and become the go-to source of skills development for regionally based military personnel,” said NHB’s Sim Lab Program Manager Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Blake Hite. According to Hite, the Sim Lab’s goal is to develop both didactic and kinesthetic skills through the use of low, medium, and high fidelity simulation. These realistic simulations build communication skills, develop leaders in high stress situations, and keep important yet sometimes rarely used skills honed.

Naval Hospital Bremerton's Simulation Lab

Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Simulation Lab

With the latest addition of their state-of-the-art “SimMan,” a medical mannequin with cutting edge technology, the Sim Lab can ensure the training learned equates to increased benefits for actual patients. “The SimMan can be programmed for many different types of medical conditions such as cardiac arrest, various bronchial and endoscope procedures. Sim Man 3G is our newest mannequin. Unfortunately, he is not quite ready to go live yet, but when he is it will be impressive. He has everything from fluctuating pupil sizes from LED lights to the ability to be put on a ventilator. This mannequin will be almost completely wireless and will really push the immersion to a new level. The more immersed a student is the more realistic we can make things seem, especially with stress and working on communication,” said Hite.

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