August 24, 2018By Lance Baily

Verge Simulates Astronaut Sickness at STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation

Verge traveled to deep space this week with the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation to find out what happens when “astronauts get sick”, because their obviously is no Space Hospital nearby to take care of them. In this episode of Verge Science of Youtube, Loren Grush visits the STRATUS Center in Boston, where simulations are being developed to train astronauts on how to handle medical emergencies. Featuring the latest in daily science news, Verge Science is all you need to keep track of what’s going on in health, the environment, and your whole world. Through their articles, they keep a close eye on the overlap between science and technology news — so you’re more informed. STRATUS also has extensive experience in developing operational strategies and clinical training that will maximize the use of your center, which we also cover below!

About Verge’s Visit to STRATUS CMS, Excerpt from How to Handle a Medical Emergency on a Deep Space Mission

So how exactly do you train for medical emergencies in deep space? That’s something that Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is working on. With funding from NASA, researchers at BWH have built a deep space medical sick bay at the hospital’s STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation. It looks like something ripped from a science fiction spaceship, but it’s meant to mimic what a real medical module might be like on a deep space NASA mission.

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The room has medical supplies like a heart monitor and an ultrasound scanner, all packaged for a weightless environment. However, the supplies in the room are limited — as they would be in space. Getting anything super heavy off of Earth is expensive, and it becomes even more complicated the farther away from the planet you want to go. Every pound we send to Mars will be precious. That means astronauts will need to be able to use a small, but strategic, set of resources to address countless medical emergencies that could pop up en route to the Red Planet.

In the second episode of Space Craft season 2, I visited the STRATUS Center’s medical sick bay to see what it will take to quell a medical episode on a deep space voyage. STRATUS is using the sick bay to run medical emergency simulations, creating scenarios that might arise on trips to the Moon or Mars. STRATUS is ultimately focused on crew dynamics: what are the best ways that astronauts can work together to save an ailing crew member? No astronauts have done these trainings yet, but STRATUS hopes to gather valuable information for NASA about what kind of interpersonal skills people will need when faced with an emergency in deep space. (Featured Photo by BWH bulletin). 


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STRATUS stands for Simulation, Training, Research and Technology Utilization System. The Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation is committed to advancing medical education, patient safety, and healthcare outcomes through cutting edge application of medical simulation technologies supported by innovative curricula, contemporary educational methodologies, continuous improvement, and rigorous, multidisciplinary research.

The Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation is one of the most comprehensive and technologically-advanced medical training centers in the world, backed by the world-class experience of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Through their state-of-the-art medical simulation facilities, expert faculty, innovative curricula, and customized educational experiences, they create unique and fertile education environments to help clinicians and trainees hone their skills, ultimately enhancing patient safety and improving healthcare outcomes. By partnering with STRATUS to develop and implement a medical simulation program or consultative engagement, your institution or business will benefit from their elite team of simulation experts, state-of-the-art facilities, innovative programs, and years of experience crafting customized simulation-based approaches to learning.

Drawing on the knowledge and experience of Brigham and Women’s world-renowned physicians, surgeons, medical educators, nurses, and simulation specialists, they can offer simulation-based training and education for clinicians of virtually every specialty and make medical simulation a valuable tool for any organization.

STRATUS offers a variety of Simulation-Based Training & Consulting Programs

Education and training at STRATUS can assist you in becoming a better clinician through our clinical and team training. They can also make you a better simulation educator through their Simulation Educators Program, two-year Academic Fellowship in Simulation Education, Visiting Scholarship for International Clinicians, and two- and four-week Simulation Electives for clinicians-in-training. They also provide tours and short programs for the lay public who are interested in learning more about healthcare simulation. Think of them as a possible support system for your lifelong pursuit of clinical and simulation excellence.

To help you maximize your return on investment, consider engaging with their highly-experienced team who can assist you with cost-effective design, outfitting of your center, and operationalizing your center. The easier part of developing a simulation center is the design and construction of the physical plant and the selection and installation of the technology. Once done, however, the hard work of sustainably operationalizing your center has begun. Many failed simulation projects have stumbled here, resulting in empty rooms and expensive technology sitting dormant and gathering dust. Development of an educational, operational, and financial model that will serve your culturally-specific needs is as essential as is choosing a growth strategy that factors in successful phasing of this new and exciting modality. The STRATUS team has extensive international experience in successfully navigating each of these elements.

Learn more by visiting the STRATUS CMS website today!

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