The mission of the Clinical Simulation Center is to enhance patient safety and quality of care through use of clinical simulation in education and research.
The Clinical Simulation Center is a collaborative initiative of Temple College’s Division of Health Professions, Scott & White Memorial Hospital, and Texas A&M University System Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. The facility is designed to be a campus-wide and regional resource where realistic clinical experiences can be simulated for a broad range of health care professionals.
- The goals of the Clinical Simulation Center are to:
- Enhance and promote patient safety and quality health care by advocating use of simulation in clinical education of health care professionals.
- Enhance clinical competence of health care professionals.
- Assess and demonstrate competence of undergraduate health care providers.
- Maintain continuing competence of health care providers by using clinical simulation for continuing medical education.
- Improve productivity and efficiency of health care professionals in clinical settings.
- Encourage research leading to improvement in clinical education of health care providers.
- Decrease use of animal models in health care education and educational research.
The Clinical Simulation Center occupies 9800 square feet on the ground floor of Temple College’s Health Sciences Center. The Center includes:
- An ambulance bay with room for 2 ambulances
- An emergency receiving area with nurses station
- Two emergency department major treatment rooms
- Two intensive care unit rooms
- An operating room with adjoining scrub room
- A simulation control room
- A respiratory care classroom/laboratory
- A surgical technology demonstration operating room/classroom
- An emergency medical services skills laboratory
- Male and female restrooms with adjoining locker rooms
Simulated patient care areas are equipped with connections for medical-grade compressed gases (oxygen, vacuum, air) and with centrally-supplied compressed gases for patient simulators (air, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen). Zone valves near each room allow simulated loss of oxygen, air, or vacuum during patient care. A power-failure simulator switch in the control room interrupts all electricity to the simulation rooms and adjoining hallways for 8 seconds (with the exception of one outlet in each room to power the simulator) followed by activation of a relay that restores power to emergency lights and power outlets.
Compressed air and carbon dioxide are available at two locations on the building’s exterior to permit use of simulators for out-of-hospital exercises. The Center’s proximity to two student apartment complexes allows EMS students/personnel to respond to simulated ambulance calls without leaving the Temple College campus.
Cameras and microphones in all simulation rooms allow activities to be observed and recorded. Simulators can be controlled from inside the simulation rooms for one-on-one teaching, from computer stations immediately outside the simulation rooms, or from the control room.
One operatory in the Health Sciences Center’s dental hygiene clinic also is equipped with cameras and microphones and can support operation of a human patient simulator.
Simulations can be debriefed in three “smart” classrooms. Audiovisual equipment in these classrooms includes:
- A Dell Optiplex GX270 Computer, with:
- Pentium 4 CPU–2.4 GHz
- 512 MB RAM
- 40 GB Hard Drive
- A ceiling-mounted Sharp Notevision Data Projector
- A Toshiba VHS/DVD Player
- A Canon RE-450X Visualizer
- A KLH Audio Systems R3100 AM/FM Stereo Receiver
The following patient simulators are available to support instructional activities:
- Laerdal Medical Corporation
- SimMan (6)
- ALS SkillMaster 4000
- MegaCode Kelly with VitalSim Technology
- Nursing Anne with VitalSim Technology
- MegaCode Kid with VitalSim Technology
- Gatesville Child with Multi-Sounds
- Deluxe Infant Care Doll
- Neonatal Resuscitation Baby
- Medical Education Technologies Incorporated
- Human Patient Simulator (anesthesia capable)
The following organizations made substantial contributions to developing and equipping the Clinical Simulation Center: