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.
We have a responsibility to translate the word from medical terminology — derived from other languages — to a layman’s understanding of what their condition might be. So chronic hypertrophic tonsillitis sounds like a threatening term. All it means is a long duration infection of the tonsils that are a little large in their size. And once the patient understands that that’s the condition they have — that their tonsils are large, they have frequent infections, and the infection does not easily go away with treatment — they have a better understanding.
The technology of today has allowed us to do more advanced work with much fewer risks of injury to the patient and far better outcomes than ever before.