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.
Within the field of cardiology the technological advances have really been astounding, and many of them driven by computer technology, imaging technologies, ways of looking at the heart, the heart arteries, blood flow, without having to necessarily put catheters into the body or to do procedures that might be riskier. And these techniques have led to a very consistent decline in death and disability from heart disease over time.
Certainly there’s a whole spectrum of different cardiac conditions, but many of them have in common the fact that lifestyle modifications — the patients own behavior — can have a real impact in helping to treat or slow the progression of the disease. And I enjoy interacting with patients about the kind of lifestyle changes they can make to help themselves. It gives you a sense of empowerment. It gives them a sense of empowerment in taking control of their own lives. And that’s a very rewarding aspect of the specialty.