The Center for Simulation and Integrated Healthcare Education is trying to improve patient care through hands-on training in realistic medical scenarios.
“We really want to make patient care safer, and we can do it through education,” said Dr. Michael Holder, an emergency medicine physician at Akron Children’s Hospital who spends a majority of his time working as director of the center.
Much of the partnership’s coordinated simulation and health-care education now takes place in a new simulation center, a bioskills lab with dissecting tables for cadavers and a training area for exams with actors portraying patients. The labs are in the new headquarters for the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron.
“We see this as attracting providers to the region as well,” Holder said.
Each of the partner health systems — Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Health System and Summa Health System — also has simulation training at its own facilities.
In addition, the institute offers simulation training in a mobile unit that can be taken to rural hospitals and other medical services that prefer that the training comes to them, said Dr. Frank L. Douglas, president and chief executive of the institute.
Children’s Hospital donated the former mobile intensive-care unit.
“The whole idea of it is to have our mannequins and take the mobile unit to the hospital,” Douglas said.
The center is developing new “boot camp” training curriculum to allow newer doctors, nurses and other medical workers experience a hospital setting and practice procedures they haven’t done before.
Additional courses are being developed to allow medical organizations to prepare for disasters and other scenarios.
“One of our goals is to create a simulation regional collaborative,” Holder said.