Education That Saves Lives
A nursing team practices a life-saving procedure on a Sim Man
manikin, while monitor provides vital signs and video camera
records the exercise for later review.
You've heard of flight simulation, in which pilots practice
before going up in an actual airplane. Now meet SimMom, a
life-size mannequin who breathes, talks, cries - and gives birth.
SimMom - together with SimMan and SimBaby - brings an
unprecedented degree of realism to healthcare education. She has
human-like skin, a pulse and true-to-life weight. Give her the
wrong medication and she can go into cardiac arrest. Caregivers
practice on her in a highly realistic but safe learning
environment, following computer-based videotaped scenarios run by
instructors. The Charitable Foundation is actively seeking funds
to establish a fully-equipped simulation laboratory at White
"Simulation training has become the standard for continuing
medical education," said Cinna Wohlmuth, MD, program director of
White Memorial's OB/GYN Residency Program. "It's a powerful tool
for acquiring and practicing clinical skills."
"One of its mightiest uses is coordinating team responses," said
Miguel Martinez, MD, president of the hospital's medical staff.
"Team members can see both the details and a procedure in its
entirety," he said.
Additionally, patients with chronic conditions like diabetes and
heart disease will learn how to better manage their care in the
lab. Pregnant moms will see what to expect before, during and
after their babies' arrival. Local young people will get a
hands-on, practical glimpse into healthcare as a potential
"This lab will help save lives," said Lynne Whaley, RN, White
Memorial's senior vice president of clinical operations and Chief
Nurse Executive. "It lets caregivers hone their critical thinking
and clinical skills with zero chance of patient injury."
The 900-square-foot lab can be up and running in the Specialty
Care Tower within 10 months of securing funding. The need must be
met entirely through charitable fundraising, and the Foundation
Board of Directors has designated this a priority project. A
total of $1.3 million is needed.
The simulation laboratory project received a generous "seed
grant" of $270,000 from the Lyman Brewer Fund to initiate the
fundraising effort. The Lyman Brewer family and the fund have
been constant supporters of White Memorial's commitment to the
training of young physicians and nurses over the years. In a very
real way, the Brewer family will continue to partner with WMMC
far into the future. Gifts are being sought from individuals,
corporations and foundations.
Your gift, of any denomination, will make a difference.
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