Today’s Discovery: VCU Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety

Posted at 2:02 PM, May 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-02 12:22:42-04

How do you train a doctor or nurse? They can study for years, reading books and listening to lectures, but eventually they’ll need practical, real-life experience in a hospital or clinic.

At the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety at VCU Medical Center, future and current doctors and nurses practice basic and advanced techniques in a safe and regulated hands-on environment before ever coming into contact with a real patient. Using robotic manikins, students “practice on plastic” first, honing their skills while learning valuable social interactive tools for delivering important news to patients. The life-like manikins simulate heartbeats, breathing and other vital signs to replicate real-life patient care situations, from routine procedures to acute management crises.

Discover how VCU Medical Center is on the forefront of utilizing simulation technology to train the next generation of health care providers.

Click here more information about VCU’s Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety.

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