Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
The Simulation Center applies sophisticated simulation and trainer technologies to educate medical students, residents, registered nurses, first responders, certified nursing assistants, home healthaids and community healthcare providers. The Florida Atlantic University Simulation Center (FAUSC) integrates new simulation and trainer technologies into the curriculum for medical students and medical professionals in practice. The literature suggests, and we have observed, that participants will learn faster, become familiar with advanced technology, improve their clinical skills, enhance critical thinking, and become more self-assured in their skills while under the supervision of trained instructors.
• 2 state-of-the-art simulation laboratories to provide safe, effective practice for healthcare students and providers in an effort to reduce and/or eliminate preventable adverse events.
• The Simulation center was initially established in 2006 on the FAU Boca Campus and a second Center was added in May 2009 in West Palm Beach. In 2013 the Boca facility was expanded into a new state of the art facility.
• The FAUSC Boca Campus Center has 8 state of the art simulation rooms and the West Palm Beach Campus has 5.
• FAUSC has over 20 mannequins including adult male and female, pediatric, neonatal, and obstetrics birthing mannequins.
• FAUSC provides training to medical students, medical interns, medical residents, registered nurses, nursing students, and other licensed healthcare workers from all fields of medicine and nursing, including non-licensed care givers and home care givers.
• FAUSC has contracts with local hospitals for ongoing professional development for individual staff members and for teams.
• FAUSC has contracts with fire and rescue companies, county healthcare districts, and private practitioners to train newly hired staff, to update current staff, and to re-certify professionals.
• The facilities feature rooms modeled after Intensive Care, Acute Care, Emergency Department, Surgical Suite, Clinical Examination, and Skilled Nursing.
The FAUSC Center created models of hospital room, patient examination, and emergency rooms for simulated patient treatment in Boca Raton at the FAU Boca campus and in West Palm Beach at the Palm Healthcare Pavilion. The rooms are fully equipped with hospital beds or gurnies, monitors, IV poles, defibrillators, blood pressure cuffs, simulated oxygen ports, and all equipment and supplies required to respond to medical and nursing interventions, including emergencies.
Each Center uses high fidelity wireless, full body male and female mannequins. Additional mannequins used by the Centers include Birthing Mother, Neonatal, Pediatric, and Emergency Care Simulator mannequins simulating real life events. The simulators track all actions taken and all pharmacological agents given to the patients. If incorrect drugs or dosages are administered, the high-fidelity patient responds exactly as a human patient would respond. Preceptors and session facilitators provide guidance.
In addition the FAUSC incorporates Triage, Transportation, and Emergency Room Simulation that is used by Medical, Nursing, and clinical personnel to identify and commence treatment and stabilization on simulated patients.
The goal of the Centers is to enhance patient safety and treatment by simulating medical scenarios and providing the opportunity to practice, prepare and analyze every aspect of the chain of patient care and treatment, thus leading to avoidance and reduction in medical errors. By creating a sense of reality, through the "suspension of disbelief" on the part of the participants, they believe they are involved in an actual medical emergency. This added dimension challenges even the most seasoned professional, and greatly enhances the learning experience. Through the utilization of sophisticated simulators that combine "high tech" with "real world" responses, the Centers simulates medical conditions and employs interactive activities to repeat these procedures until the desired response becomes second nature. The key to learning is to develop "critical thinking", and be able to respond to the myriad of scenario conditions that the professionals will encounter outside of the Center.