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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Diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection. Zmistowski B, Della Valle C, Bauer TW, Malizos KN, Alavi A, Bedair H, Booth RE, Choong P, Deirmengian C, Ehrlich GD, Gambir A, Huang R, Kissin Y, Kobayashi H, Kobayashi N, Krenn V, Lorenzo D, Marston SB, Meermans G, Perez J, Ploegmakers JJ, Rosenberg A, C Simpfendorfer, Thomas P, Tohtz S, Villafuerte JA, Wahl P, Wagenaar FC, Witzo E J. Orthop. Res. 2014 Jan 32 Suppl 1:S98-107.
It’s rare that there’s one sort of treatment. It’s usually there are multiple treatments available, and patients occupy a spectrum — from being very nervous about surgery to very eagerly seeking some sort of surgical treatment. And I like to meet the patient where they’re at in terms of where their comfort level is and help them — if they need surgery — become more comfortable with the concept of having a surgical intervention. Or in some cases explaining to patients that surgery is not really necessary at all, that physical therapy or appropriate medication will make them better.
I like surgery because I love working with my hands. I like building things out of wood. I like playing the guitar. And I couldn’t imagine myself going day after day at work without doing something with my hands. And orthopedics is very much a tool-driven specialty. It’s like a craft. And the idea of combining my thinking process — the cognitive processes — with working with my hands and then the emotional relationship with the patients that develops, it’s really getting to use your head, your heart, and your hands simultaneously, which I find very gratifying.