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.
I’m a rehab doctor, and so my focus is on function and quality of life after a patient has had an injury or an illness, possibly a surgery or working on a chronic problem.
In rehab the families are key because they — certain patients, if they can’t take care of themselves at home, they’re going to need that family to rely on. We also work as a team with different specialties like physical, occupational, and speech therapy. And so it’s a combined effort to work towards the recovery of that patient.
When you see a patient that is overcoming all of these obstacles and makes a small gain, and they’re so happy, and they’ve done a lot of the work, that’s really a beautiful thing.