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.
My patients that come because they have experienced traumas in their lives, they’re coming to see me because they want to feel better. They want to be able to have their lives back. And they lost many things as part of the post-traumatic stress disorder that they’ve developed. And so part of it is to just feel better — to be able to go to work, to be able to take care of their families, to be able to function as they were before.
I do feel that there’s a personal reward for me — that I can help another person get on with their lives, improve their lives after a trauma. Because I also know that person’s going to be, not only functioning better in and of themselves, but functioning better in their relationships — be it a spouse or a partner, and also feel better in terms of relating to their children — which means that generation of the children is going to be better off. Because trauma gets passed from one generation to the next, it can affect it. So if the parent is traumatized, that can pass down to the child, the child then gets traumatized and traumatizes their children. So for me, the great gratification is that I’m really making a little difference for a number of people. And that makes me feel good.