St. Mary's Adds to SIM Lab Program|
St. Mary’s is very proud and happy to announce that we’ll introduce the newest members of our Simulation Lab Family. SIM Baby and Mega-Code Kid join SIM Man to complete our Simulation Lab Program.
SIM Baby and Mega-Code Kid are state-of-the-art manikins and will allow us to take infant and pediatric training and education to the next level. St. Mary’s staff members will be able to develop “real life-saving scenarios” that can be practiced in a controlled environment to further enhance their skills. In addition to technical skills, these scenarios emphasize teamwork, leadership and communication.
SIM Baby and Mega-Code Kid will be utilized by all levels of healthcare providers, from physicians, nurses, Emergency Medical Services personnel and patient care techs to ancillary departments, such as X-ray and laboratory.
SIM Baby is an advanced infant patient simulator with realistic anatomy and clinical functions. The St. Mary’s Foundation bought SIM Baby in April of 2009. SIM Baby can make vocal sounds, such as crying, as well as breathing and heart sounds. Pulses are palpable. Various cardiac rhythms can also be noted.
Some of the technical skills that can be practiced include intubation, gastric tube insertion, vascular access, defibrillation, pneumothorax (collapsed lung), in addition to various airway complications.
SIM Baby will be used for Pediatric Advanced Life Support training, Mock Code Blue, Neonatal Resuscitation courses, Procedural/Skills practice and numerous simulations related to infants. St. Mary’s will have the opportunity to video tape scenarios utilizing SIM Baby, which will allow health care providers the opportunity to review and critique staff performances providing immediate, detailed feedback.
Mega-Code Kid is a realistic simulation manikin that was purchased by the St. Mary’s Foundation in November of 2008. Like his younger brother SIM Baby, Mega-Code Kid is used for a wide variety of pediatric training and education, but specifically for training in pediatric advanced life-saving skills and traumatic injuries in the pre-hospital, transport or rural hospital setting.
St. Mary’s Pediatric Trauma Program is using Mega-Code Kid for one of its pediatric trauma outreach efforts. The Pediatric Rural Trauma Team Development Course is taken by St. Mary’s Medical Center Trauma Staff to outlying hospitals to educate staff on the prompt recognition, treatment and transfer of pediatric trauma patients. This initiative is part of the regional trauma system plan to guide the transport of traumatically injured children to appropriate pediatric trauma centers.
Mega-Code Kid has many features and capabilities, such as realistic pediatric airway; realistic needle insertion and feel for intravenous (IV) starts and infusion; ability to hear normal or abnormal heart, lung and abdominal sounds and sound/speech for realism of scenarios (i.e. crying and coughing).
The St. Mary’s Foundation purchased SIM Baby and Mega-Code Kid.