How Simulation-based Training is Helping to Prepare Emergency Medicine Residents

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Respiratory emergencies involving infants can be highly stressful and require quick action from medical staff. During these emergency events, medical staff need to have the training to provide quick and effective care. Emory University’s Emergency Medicine Program is preparing their resident doctors for these emergency situations by using high-fidelity simulators to practice giving care to these patients and potentially saving countless lives.

Preparing new doctors to handle the stress and emotions inherent in these severe cases is the goal of Emory’s simulation training program. The first time a doctor sees a baby in respiratory distress should not be when such a patient enters the hospital.

“There’s a ton of emotions that go into a really stressful case like that,” said Brandon Giberson, Chief Resident at Emory University Emergency Medicine Program. “These simulation cases allow us to get as real as it gets, experience those emotions and know how to handle it when the real thing happens.”

This goal, as was reported by San Diego’s ABC 10 News, is the reason Emory and many other medical schools around the country are using simulation.

ABC 10 News also reported on the ACEP18, the largest emergency medicine conference in the world. Gaumard exhibited several of their high-fidelity simulators including Super Tory, the world’s most advanced neonatal patient, the simulator used at Emory’s Emergency Medicine Program. Super Tory’s advanced robotics allow doctors to experience a neonatal patient with respiratory distress realistically.

At the touch of a button, Super Tory’s respiratory system can go into acute distress. In fact, her body reacts like a real baby by becoming cyanotic, and she can be revived with real chest compressions and a ventilator.

With Super Tory, doctors can practice lifesaving techniques before they perform the procedures on real patients, boosting their proficiency and confidence. As the students learn how to work as a team and handle the demands of an emergency event, medical errors are reduced, and more lives can be saved. To read the full ABC News article, CLICK HERE. To learn more about Super Tory or any of Gaumard’s other SIMULATORS click on the links.

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