Children's of Alabama Pediatric Simulation CenterThe Children's of Alabama Pediatric Simulation Center occupies approximately 1,300 square feet in a former patient care area and has served over 25,000 learners since its inception in 2007. The center consists of four former patient rooms with in-room curtained control booths used for high-fidelity simulations, a conference/debriefing room, a storage area, and 3 staff offices. The center's ten high-fidelity mannequins (Sim Newbie, Sim Baby (2), Gaumard 2 year old HAL, Gaumard 5 year old HAL, Meti Child, Sim Man, Sim Man Essential, Sim Junior, and Gaumard Premie) allow for a full range of pediatric care. The center also has a collection of pediatric-specific task trainers including intubation heads, intravenous arms, and lumbar puncture trainers. The current staff consists of two full-time nurse educators, two medical directors, and a director of education and research. The center has received grant funding from the Pediatric Founder’s Fund Grant, Health Services Foundation Grant, and Honda Manufacturing of Alabama.
The Pediatric Simulation Center incorporates multidisciplinary training into the majority of its courses, focusing on teamwork, communication and crisis resource management skills. In 2012, the center saw over 6,200 participants including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, EMS, medical students, nursing students, respiratory therapy students, pharmacy students, radiation therapists, and genetic counselors.
Visit the Pediatric Simulation Center’s website for more information. https://www.childrensal.org/body.cfm?id=755&fr=true