NBC Live Report Covers Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild Simulation Center
Recently I had the wonderful privilege of visiting The Women’s Guild Simulation Center For Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars-Sinai of Los Angeles, which you can read all about here. Seems like HealthySim.com is not the only news group to pick up on this amazing simulation facility as Southern California’s NBC Channel 4 recently visited the center for this video report:
Phillips and his cardiac surgical team practice their complex procedures on a regular basis at Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars-Sinai. The $15 million dollar facility is a fully functional operating room with one big difference: the patients are state-of-the-art mannequins. Their skin feels and behaves like human skin; they have exact replicas of human organs; and they can be programmed with vital signs and medical problems. They can even bleed, talk, hyperventilate and give birth.
It’s as close to the real thing without putting a human patient at risk. “If you’re doing complex surgeries you’re able to simulate the actual surgery you’re going to do,” Dr. Alistair Phillips explains.
During the simulation, the medical team is challenged with a series of complications including equipment problems, patient complications, and emergencies. Working through these problems in advance of the actual surgery, not only improves their teamwork, but helps them prepare for the unexpected. Dr Bruce says “That means cutting down on risks and complications and improving results.” Read the full NBC4 News Story here.
Be sure to read my interview here with Center Manager Russell Metcalfe-Smith to learn more!
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.