VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois
VA Illiana Health Care System Simulation Education Center
Dedication Ceremony - New Simulation Education Center (SEC)
VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) recently had a dedication ceremony for the new Simulation Education Center (SEC). Simulation is a multi-faceted education tool; a stage to integrate evidence into practice in a safe environment. Simulation provides a learning environment for diagnostic and clinical procedures and is a perfect setting to practice critical thinking and communication skills to support quality care and best possible outcomes for our Veterans.
Simulation is an active learning process accomplished by using multiple levels of mannequins or Human Patient Simulators. The VAIHCS SEC is equipped with a SimMan3G, a high fidelity mannequin capable of portraying a patient who is healthy, acutely ill, or chronically ill. He provides the opportunity to practice multiple airway skills, breathing complications, cardiac issues, circulation problems and vascular access to name a few.
SEC has Out of OR Airway Management (OOORAM) task trainers to provide practice opportunities for difficult airway management as well as medium fidelity mannequins for simpler skills and tasks.
SEC utilizes portable cameras that allow participants to be videotaped for debriefing purposes at the conclusion of their scenario. Debriefing includes an open discussion that may include errors and safety concerns leading to the goal of improved clinical practice and improved patient safety.
Robert A. Petzel, M.D., Under Secretary for Health stated, "The VHA-wide use of clinical simulation will be one of the most important and significant advancements VHA has seen in education and training in years.” VAIHCS Leadership embraces this vision and has been the catalysts for this project implementation. We now have the opportunity to move from concept to reality, transforming into a new and complex realm of education.