STRATUS Center for Medical SimulationThe Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston opened its STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation in February 2004.
The Center uses a wide variety of emergency and critical care scenarios to train all categories of medical personnel.1 There is strong emphasis on teaching teamwork and clinical decision-making.
The video below provides an overview of STRATUS Center training.
The Center has several laboratories, including:
- Lab for procedure training Using sophisticated manikins, trainees practice such procedures as intubations and chest tube insertions.
- Micro-simulation computer laboratory Trainees handle emergency and pre-hospital scenarios that emulate the actual physiologic changes that patients undergo during critical injury or illness and resuscitation.
- Lab with a specially designed human patient simulator (see above photo and video) that provides interactive, team-based training in two resuscitation rooms that are virtually identical to the resuscitation bays in the Alpha Unit of Brigham and Women's Emergency Department.
You can read additional details (with a few typos) of how the simulation training works here and here.
1 STRATUS is an acronym for Simulation, Training, Research and Technology Utilization System. In addition to training for emergency personnel, the Center provides training for personnel in a range of medical and surgical areas, such as anesthesiology, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology.