The Clinical Simulation Center is a collaborative initiative of Temple College’s Division of Health Professions, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas A&M University System Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. The facility is designed to be a campus-wide and regional resource where realistic clinical experiences can be simulated for a broad range of health care professionals.
The goals of the Clinical Simulation Center are to:
- Enhance and promote patient safety and quality health care by advocating use of simulation in clinical education of health care professionals.
- Enhance clinical competence of health care professionals.
- Assess and demonstrate competence of undergraduate health care providers.
- Maintain continuing competence of health care providers by using clinical simulation for continuing medical education.
- Improve productivity and efficiency of health care professionals in clinical settings.
- Encourage research leading to improvement in clinical education of health care providers.
- Decrease use of animal models in health care education and educational research.
Director, Simulation Teaching, Assessment, and Research (STAR) Programs
The Clinical Simulation Center occupies 15,400 square feet on the ground floor of Temple College’s Health Sciences Center. The Center includes:
- An ambulance bay with room for 2 ambulances
- An emergency receiving area with nurses’ station
- Four emergency department major treatment rooms
- A multi-purpose simulation area
- Two intensive care unit rooms
- A labor-delivery-recovery room
- A general acute care room with patient bathroom
- An operating room with adjoining scrub room
- A one-bedroom apartment (living room, kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom)
- A simulation control room
- A respiratory care classroom/laboratory
- A surgical technology demonstration operating room/classroom
- Two general use classrooms/skills laboratories
- Male and female restrooms with adjoining locker rooms
Simulated patient care areas are equipped with connections for medical-grade compressed gases (oxygen, vacuum, air) and with centrally supplied compressed air and carbon dioxide for patient simulators. Zone valves near each room allow simulated loss of oxygen, air or vacuum during patient care.
Compressed air and carbon dioxide are available on the building’s exterior to permit use of simulators for out-of-hospital exercises. The Center’s proximity to two student apartment complexes allows EMS students/personnel to respond to simulated ambulance calls without leaving the Temple College campus.
Cameras and microphones in all simulation rooms allow activities to be observed and recorded. Simulators can be controlled from inside the simulation rooms for one-on-one teaching, from computer stations immediately outside the simulation rooms, or from the control room.
One operatory in the Health Sciences Center’s dental hygiene clinic also is equipped with cameras and microphones and can support operation of a patient simulator.
Simulations can be debriefed in six “smart” classrooms.
The Wal-Mart Standardized Patient Clinic occupies 1,200 square feet in the Pavilion, adjacent to the Health Sciences Center. The Clinic includes 10 fully equipped outpatient clinic examination rooms and a control room. Cameras and microphones in all clinic examination rooms allow student interactions with standardized patients to be observed and recorded.
The following patient simulators are available to support instructional activities:
- Laerdal Medical Corporation
- SimMan 3G (1)
- SimMan Essential (3)
- SimMan Classic (6)
- SimBaby (3)
- SimNewB (1)
- Noelle (2)
- Susie (1)
- Five-Year-Old HAL (1)
- One-Year-Old HAL (1)
- University of Miami
- Harvey Cardiopulmonary Patient Simulator
- MedCognition, Inc.
- PerSim Mixed Reality System
The following organizations have made substantial contributions to developing and equipping the Clinical Simulation Center and the Wal-Mart Standardized Patient Clinic:
- Baylor Scott & White Health/Scott & White Medical Center - Temple
- Baylor Scott & White Health/McLane Children’s Medical Center
- Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine
- Laerdal Medical Corporation
- The Meadows Foundation
- American Medical Response
- Education Management Solutions
- Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant Program