WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The 88th Medical Group Simulation Center is holding an open house 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday Jan. 26 to showcase its new location, expanded services and equipment that will improve and enhance training for medical professionals at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The center offers training for medical professionals in a realistic setting allowing them to assess, treat and monitor simulated patients.
Previously located in a classroom in the basement of the hospital, the simulation center had been providing training in a makeshift hospital room with limited equipment and resources.
After relocating to a section of the hospital that was previously part of the intensive care unit, the center now has seven enclosed rooms with complete hospital room features available for training. In addition, a simulation operator station has been positioned outside the rooms to allow remote monitoring and control of training scenarios which further enhances the realism of the instruction.
“The simulation center provides realistic training for healthcare personnel to learn, challenge and hone their skills,” said Capt. Catherine Volkmer, 88th Medical Group sustainment medical and readiness trained program manager. “Participants are able to train in an environment that is psychologically safe and presents zero physical risk because they can first practice on mannequins versus an actual patient.”
Volkmer said now that the simulation center has relocated, training can be more realistic and more recognizable for the participants as it is conducted in real hospital rooms with medical equipment normally in a room such as in-wall suction, monitors, call lights, and sinks.
Simulated training is offered to an array of healthcare personnel such as physicians, nurses, and medical technicians to include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and respiratory therapists. In addition, the center provides critical care training and the hands on portions of advanced adult and pediatric life support certification courses.
“The simulation center focuses on individual, team and unit training for skills that are high risk, low volume,” said Volkmer. “We have various equipment available to all units in the hospital to accomplish Air Force specialty code training requirements. Certain training is required for some providers in order to do their daily job therefore we take simulation training very seriously otherwise our patients cannot be seen.”
Volkmer said published literature states that effective simulation training is about the transfer of learning so what students learn in our simulation center, they can transfer that into real life scenarios.
The simulation center also provides readiness training to include trauma injury related courses.
“If deploying, medics need exposure on how to treat blast and traumatic brain injuries before they go,” said James Schlub PhD, 88th Medical Group sustainment medical and readiness trained program administrator. “Our simulation operator has the ability to control the scenarios and can trigger the mannequins to simulate bleeding, limb loss, or show signs of brain injury so students have to administer the appropriate medical treatment in real time.”
At a control station outside of the training room, Johnny Cartwright, Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist, is the 88th Medical Group simulation operator and has the ability to customize and control the actions of the mannequins to whatever training is required.
Mentored and trained by innovators from the Center for Medical Simulation located in Boston, Massachusetts, Cartwright is one of a 180 certified healthcare simulation operations specialists in the world. In addition, Cartwright is trained in medical modeling and can create silicone organs and tissues used for simulated training including surgical procedures.
The simulation center open house is open to anyone with base access and is located in room 3GC1 on the third floor of the medical center across from the intensive care unit.
For additional information on the simulation center, call 937-257-9431 or email at [email protected]
Story courtesy of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.