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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We do everything ranging from trauma surgery — meaning injured ligaments, injured bones, fractures etcetera — to arthroscopic procedures for the wrist and elbow for cartilage or athletic injuries. And then we do a substantial amount of nerve injury, work under the microscope with either arteries or nerves. So it really is a large variety of patients.
There are some extremes, where sometimes someone comes in and surgery is almost an absolute. They have a major injury to the upper extremity where you can tell them, “Listen, if you don’t have a surgery, the function of your hand or arm is going to be drastically more poor than if you have the operation.” But there’s a lot patients that fall in the gray zone where surgery would be of potential benefit. But I always tell patients every surgery has a potential to make someone worse, if they have a complication. So I think it’s very important patients are aware of the potential complications, and what the likelihood are of those.
Our primary goal tends to be improving the function of the patient. And for the hand — whether that be writing, or whether that be an athlete being able to participate in his or her sport — we do tend to get pretty rapid, immediate gratification results usually. And they’re usually tangible results that the patient can appreciate. And that’s what draws a lot of people to orthopedics as a field — in that you really do have that unique ability to have immediate gratification for both the physician and the patient.