Using the Laboratory’s state-of-the art equipment, students progress through five stations: cardiac arrest management, patient medical assessment, patient trauma assessment, I.V. skills and pediatric airway management. They are aided in their learning by several different simulation scenarios, which include both whole patient models and task-specific models. Full-body mannequins are used to demonstrate lifelike physical responses including respiratory distress, change in vital signs, and appropriate reaction to treatment and administered agents. Partial body-part models are used for specific skill development, such as suturing and IV placement. An integral part of the students’ training, simulation prepares the students for the clinical phase of the certification program.
The Clinical Simulation Laboratory is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project between the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Fletcher Allen Health Care. Currently housed in the Given Building, construction is underway for a 900 square-foot laboratory in the Rowell building. Funding for the project was secured in part by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy along with a generous gift from College of Medicine alumnus Dr. Thomas Sullivan. Upon completion in early 2011, the Clinical Simulation Laboratory will serve nursing and medical students, residents in training, undergraduate and graduate health science students, clinical staff and faculty, practicing health care providers throughout the state, and serve as a training site for the Vermont National Guard.