A simulator is an interactive training device that models an object, a system, or a series of events that may be encountered in professional practice. Simulators have been used for many years in “high hazard” fields such as the military, aviation, and the nuclear power industries to provide realistic training for high-stakes events. More recently, the use of human patient simulators has been incorporated into training programs for healthcare workers.
The George and Esther Gross Clinical Simulation Program at Primary Children’s Hospital opened in 2006. The Program uses a range of interactive teaching technology, from realistic computer programs that allow health professionals to sharpen their cardiac arrest management skills to full-size computer-driven human patient simulators that can be programmed to have specific medical conditions that healthcare professionals are learning to manage or wish to study in greater detail. These computerized human “patients” respond as an actual patient would respond to any actions taken by the medical team. Approximately 1,000 healthcare workers per year train in the human patient simulation laboratory. The Clinical Simulation Program welcomes all healthcare providers and support staff from Primary Children’s Hospital and beyond for individual or interdisciplinary team training.
Our vision is to improve the quality of care through multidisciplinary clinical education and research in the Intermountain region and academic community.
The Clinical Simulation Program at Primary Children’s Hospital consists of two elements: high fidelity, mannequin-based simulation, and PC based simulation