Patient Simulators Help Save LivesThe new Rush Clinical Skills and Simulation Center uses sophisticated dummies to simulate real-world patient care — from serious heart conditions to the flu — for students and health care workers from Rush University Medical Center.
Any child who gets a study in the hospital — through the emergency room, as an outpatient — we will do their ultrasound or their X-ray.
We’ve recently tried some new techniques with MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] for a specific disease called Crohn’s disease, where we do a new study called MR Enterography, which is a different way to look at intestinal inflammation with MRI. So those patients don’t have to get radiation studies like CAT [computed axial tomography] scans over and over again.
Occasionally we get to be the heroes and make the final diagnosis, which is very gratifying because you’re the one that then gets to help this child go along the right path to get better.