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.
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The majority of our patients are premature babies — so whether that’s babies who are born a few weeks early or a few months early. We also help term babies who have problems with, say, transitioning from being inside mom to out, or with low blood sugar, or babies who are born with inborn problems, such as heart disease.
When we see parents, they are going from what was initially joy and excitement of being pregnant to then getting news that’s potentially devastating — or at least definitely what they weren’t expecting. And so I think we try to put them at ease by them realizing that we do this all the time, and we’re a very busy unit. And, so, if their baby, even if they have an unusual problem, we’re people who have seen it before.
To see the families’ faces when they’re finally able to take their baby home, and they’ve been waiting for so long for it, it’s really a celebration with the staff and with the family and with my colleagues. It’s a great moment to see that long road that’s finally ending with a child going home to their family where they belong.