Cleveland Clinic Opens Expanded Medical Simulation Training Center

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Additional 10,000-Square-Feet Includes More Hands-On Learning Spaces and Team-Building Trainings for Medical Staff, Students

May 3, 2012

Cleveland Clinic nurses, physicians and other medical personnel now have more space and state-of-the-art technology to learn new techniques and refine their skills with the opening today of an additional 10,000 square feet in Cleveland Clinic’s Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. The goal of the expansion is to provide more simulation-based trainings that enhance the communication and collaboration among medical teams across specialties. 

The expanded center includes an intensive care unit and a fully functioning operating room designed to replicate the operating rooms found elsewhere in the hospital, complete with all of the same equipment and capabilities.  The center now has the newest models of programmable robotic “patients” that bleed, give feedback, have heartbeats, and can simulate hundreds of different medical conditions and situations.

The expansion, which brings simulation space at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus to 59,000 square feet, also includes two debriefing rooms, where teams can play back video from their session and talk about their communication challenges and clinical learnings after the simulation. Co-developed by physicians and nurses along with the leadership of Cleveland Clinic’s Education Institute, the new space also allows for consistent training of all staff and an environment where new medical personnel can refine their skills before caring for patients at the bedside.

“Knowing that the future of medicine will revolve more around teams of healthcare professionals caring for patients, instead of relying solely on a physician, we designed the space and the simulation capabilities to provide opportunities for medical professionals to learn to collaborate and work together in a team environment,” said J. Eric Jelovsek, MD, MMEd, Medical Director of the Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. “Good communication is at the core of great medical care, especially in critical medical situations, and the more we can do to encourage and facilitate communication, the greater impact we can have on the outcomes and experiences of our patients.”

The center has a strong focus on training medical personnel on difficult airway issues in adults and children thanks to two philanthropic gifts. The Debra Ann November Pediatric Airway and Pulmonary Mechanics Lab, created by a gift from Mort and Iris November, will prepare medical students, nurses and other professionals to treat a choking child. The Archie Brain Difficult Airway Simulation Center, named after the inventor and developer of the laryngeal mask, is possible through a gift from LMA International. The center will teach clinical personnel how to insert breathing tubes into patients and how to address other airway issues.

“This project continues Cleveland Clinic’s dedication to medical education and skill-based training,” said James Stoller, MD, Chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Education Institute. “The true innovation of this center is the unique way in which the center has been co-developed by physicians and nurses.” An increasing number of studies report that teams that train together show reduced patient morbidity and mortality.

The center also was designed with strong collaboration with Cleveland Clinic’s Quality & Patient Safety Institute, the goal of which is to connect training to real-life issues at the forefront of patient safety.

Training at the center will be available to Cleveland Clinic’s healthcare professionals, including nurses and allied health professionals. Courses will consist of three components: team-based sessions (simulated surgery using technologically-advanced mannequins); procedure-based sessions (practicing basic skills, such as suturing, at a virtual station); and clinical examinations.

The expanded simulation center is located in the Stanley Shalom Zielony Plaza building at the intersection of East 89th Street and Euclid Avenue. More information is available at simcenter.clevelandclinic.org.

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Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 16 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 155,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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