A 2009 graduate of the respiratory care program and currently working at Hamot Medical Center, Daisha Hansbrew is seen here working with one of the high fidelity mannequins in the SIM center. This section of the SIM is most often used to stage scenarios in the care of patients in Emergency Departments, ICU or the OR. The mannequins are moulaged, or have make-up applied to represent patient situations such as multiple trauma, cardiac arrest or surgery.
Along with 11 adult mannequins, the SIM center houses one newborn, one baby and one child mannequin. Notice the blue color around the baby’s nose and mouth representing respiratory difficulty! Students are able to listen to this baby’s lung sounds, which indicate severe breathing problems.
The state-of-the-art control room of the SIM allows faculty to manipulate patient parameters and video record student activity. After the scenario is run, students and faculty participate in a debriefing period that includes reviewing the tapes and critiquing patient care efforts. Many trauma centers use this method of evaluation of patient care to enhance patient care delivery.
2009 graduate Daisha Hansbrew works in the SIM center with a critically ill “patient” receiving blood, continuous hemodynamic monitoring and state of the art mechanical ventilation. The student is able to listen to this patient’s breath, heart and bowel sounds as well as palpate their pulses.
Assistant Professors Charles Cornfield, M.S. and Valerie Baker, APRN, BC lead multidisciplinary clinical scenarios with students from three of Gannon University’s eight health science majors. Students are afforded the opportunity to work as a team in the care of complex patient scenarios presented in the Patient Simulation Center.
Assistant Professor Charles Cornfield, M.S. (far right) leads a critical care scenario with (from l to r): Michael Eller, a 2009 Physician Assistant graduate currently working at Great Lakes Family Medicine; Nicolette Critelli, a 5th year Physician Assistant student in the Five-Year PA Program; Crystal Wozniak, a 2009 PA graduate, currently working at Great Lake Surgical Associates/Hamot Shock-Trauma; and nursing student Kristen Baker.
Professor Gary Berringer, MSN, RNC (center), a certified neonatal nurse, coaches Crystal Wozniak (l), a 2009 PA graduate currently working at Great Lake Surgical Associates/Hamot Shock-Trauma, and Christa Blose (r), a 2009 PA graduate currently working at Metabolic Disease Associates of Erie, through a scenario involving a high risk neonate. The SIM center houses a mannequin that gives birth (and speaks several languages), allowing faculty to program the mannequin so various complications associated with delivery are experienced by health science students.
In the multipurpose simulation lab, 2009 PA graduate Michael Eller (l) and senior respiratory care students Robert Anderson (center), and Kathleen Combopiano (r) work with a mannequin to practice physical assessment skills such as auscultation of cardiac and breath sounds.
Assistant Professor Valerie Baker, APRN, BC demonstrates use of one of the Simulation Center’s two virtual IV computer training systems. The realistic “arm” of the system allows students the opportunity to critically think through a patient situation, select the appropriate type of IV needed, palpate the vein (which will be cannulated) and “virtually” start an IV. The system also provides students with an evaluation of their performance and suggestions for improvement.
The Patient Simulation Center also contains a 40 seat classroom where a Wolf Camera located in the ceiling provides a close-up view of the demonstration of skills, such as suturing, for all in the classroom to see.