Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation
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AV/IT Application Mission
Rush University Medical Center opened the last phase of its new, state-of-the art simulation lab, the Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation (RCCSS) in September, 2015 in order to provide updated technology and additional space where students and medical providers could all train together. The new lab includes three simulation rooms equipped with manikins that emulate the anatomy and physiology of actual patients. It also includes debriefing rooms, a smart classroom and a patient care area.
How the AV/IT Technologies Were Used to Enhance or Support the Mission
The Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation (RCCSS) project was launched to address the need for more space and updated technology. The original lab was on a different part of the campus, was more than a decade old and was unable to adequately meet the needs of a progressive medical campus. Many requests for simulation time were denied because there was not adequate space.
The new center includes high-fidelity simulation rooms that use neonate, children and adult manikins. The manikins feature pupils that react to light, and bodily functions such as heart rate, blood pressure and breathing. These can all be changed to mimic various medical scenarios. The rooms replicate real hospital facilities and are overseen by a control room that can create different training scenarios. This flexibility and variety of potential scenarios make this an ideal space for training both clinicians and students.
The rooms are connected to 18 cameras with handheld zoom capabilities and microphones to allow training sessions to be digitally recorded for review. Other tools include ultrasound equipment, medication dispensing stations and a clinical communication system.
The center also has four debriefing rooms with large video monitors connected to the audiovisual system allowing students and instructors to review and discuss the video of the scenarios. The simulation center also includes a smart classroom and a patient care area.
The smart classroom is where trainers teach skills such as inserting an IV or spinal tap, and more complex procedures such as laparoscopic surgery. The smart classroom technology includes an Epson BrightLink 595Wi interactive finger-touch projector and a Da-Lite IDEA glare and hot-spot free whiteboard. Unlike traditional interactive whiteboards, the BrightLink and IDEA board allow trainers to use the space to annotate on slides, diagrams and stop motion video – and then record and save these annotations so students can watch the presentation as they study. The classrooms also include movable tables and chairs.
The simulation center also uses a web-supported audio visual system connected to the 18 cameras. The recordings are stored in a cloud-based storage solution called LearningSpace by CAE Healthcare which allows users to access the recordings online and eliminates the need to maintain video storage hardware and software.
Crestron Electronics peripherals were used for the systems in the clinical skills, debriefing rooms, and the audio system throughout the RCCS. The Video/Audio/Control Signal Distribution is Crestron’s 3 Series Control Processor with a fully integrated and 100% digital Crestron DM-MD16x16 Matrix switcher. The debriefing rooms and clinical skills labs are also outfitted with Crestron’s TSW-550/750 Touch Panels. Crestron HDBaseT Transmitter/Receivers provide the HDMI Signal distribution between each control room PC and the simulation rooms.
HP furnished the PCs for the simulation center and associated office spaces.
The equipment and technologies in the Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation offer students a truly immersive experience in which they learn how to address multiple medical scenarios in a life-like environment. It prepares students for the situations they will encounter once they are out in the field.