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.
Our job is easy when we can understand what a patient’s concern is, and when a patient can state that, “This is my concern.” And a lot of our information is very personal. A lot of patients are concerned about sexual function. They’re worried about how their body is going to be in the next 20 years. Because of that, if there’s an apprehension between the patient and physician, they may not express these concerns, and the next thing you know — we can’t truly help them if we don’t know what the concerns are. If a patient can state their concern openly, then a lot of times we can dismantle any myths that they may have heard — whether through the internet or through friends. We can give them more accurate information. We can teach them.
There’s the old adage that if you enjoy your work, you never work a day in your life, and typically I’ll tell patients that every day. Every day I go into work — you feel like you can make an impact on somebody’s life to make them healthier and to allow them to have a better quality of life.