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.
Most of the patients that I see at Rush are patients that have a new diagnosis or have a prior diagnosis of head and neck cancer, patients with thyroid disorders, patients with the need for reconstructive options of the head and neck. I also treat tumors that are not necessarily cancerous that are involving the head and neck, which may themselves not be prone to spread, but they’re usually in a difficult place.
If I am dealing with a patient that has a new diagnosis of cancer, one of the first things I want to know about that patient is who is important to them in their lives and who can help them throughout this treatment process — which ever of the many treatment options there are they choose — who is going to be there by their side. And, are they potentially the type of patient that’s going to need me to be by their side a little bit more.