Simulation training for OSF resident physicians

Feb 20, 2013

Resident physicians at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center are using simulation training to learn how to put neck and chest catheters into a patient.  The simulation walks-through how to prepare the patient, use the tools and insert the catheter. Jessica Short is a clinical research coordinator with OSF.  She says the training allows resident physicians to learn at their own pace: 

%u201CIt gives that patient and resident physician interaction that you don%u2019t normally get through doing it on a case by case scenario. Simulation specifically allows you to slow down and have that time with your instructor to learn things and become confident in it in a way that%u2019s not been there historically.%u201D -Clinical research coordinator Jessica Short

The simulation uses a specially-constructed manikin with simulated blood vessels.  Catheter infections can lead to longer hospital stays and increase healthcare costs.  The training is part of the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center that opens this spring.  The Center is a joint project between OSF and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.