High-Fidelity Simulation

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Using the latest technology in simulation, our students and allied health professionals can become proficient in various extracorporeal methods essential to the role a perfusionist. We are able to simulate cardiovascular procedures using the heart lung machine, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and other circulatory support devices. All simulations are made possible utilizing the Califia Patient Simulator from Biomed Simulation Inc. This high-fidelity simulator emulates the patient during a cardiovascular procedure allowing new users and experts alike to be trained to the highest level that simulation has to offer.

Our simulation class is divided into three sections. In section one, students will learn the heart lung machine: design and utilization of extracorporeal circuits. In section two, students will begin learning how to incorporate all aspects of the heart lung machine to simulate a complete cardiovascular procedure. Finally, in section three, students will continue simulations but with an emphasis on complex procedures and crisis management.

The objective of our simulation lab is to train students and other medical professionals using the attention and proficiency required for the cardiovascular patient. With simulation, we can train together using diverse techniques to ensure safety and successful outcomes for our patients.