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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Reply. Raman J Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2013 Sep 96(3):1126.
When we do something, we disrupt as little of the body as possible, which is a feature of minimally invasive surgery. So we try to get to the heart through smaller incisions. We focus on the area of the heart that we need to be addressing. So we don’t open the whole chest, thereby minimizing the pain, the bleeding, the discomfort, and improving the chances of the patient actually getting better quicker.
I always walk around with this in my pocket [holds up model of anatomical heart]. And getting patients to actually visualize the heart — not just by looking at images or showing them videos or showing them animations — but actually getting them to hold the heart, opening it out [opens model anatomical heart], showing what’s on the inside [closes model anatomical heart], actually makes a big difference — then come to understand exactly where these structures are and how we’re able to get to specific areas of the heart by just making smaller cuts in the body.