In the Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education, our care teams train to provide patients with the most reliable, specialized and complex care.
At Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, your child’s well-being is our highest priority, and our physicians, nurses, therapists and support team members are dedicated to providing the safest, most-advanced and well-trained care possible. In the Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education, we work to advance patient safety and care and improve patient outcomes by educating and training health care professionals and families in real-life, high-risk situations.
The Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education is transforming pediatric training and education through state-of-the-art simulation that improves communications, breaks down silos that impede teamwork, trains people within our health system and beyond, and adopts the latest procedures and technology in the safest way.
Our hospital-based pediatric Simulation Center offers a broad spectrum of pediatric and neonatal medicine simulation alongside world-renowned physicians and clinicians, with the highest quality simulators on the market to recreate real-life pediatric situations in real time. This multidisciplinary approach to training provides the opportunity for learners to lead in the most critical situations.
The center is evaluating how best practices in simulation training and education increase patient quality and safety while lowering health care expenses.
What is a simulation center?
A simulation center is a testing, research and training facility that mimics clinical spaces such as the clinic, patient care room, intensive care unit and the operating room as well as non-clinical spaces such as a child’s room at home or classroom. Simulation exposes our learners to high-risk clinical situations without putting the patient at risk. It also prepares our learners to communicate well and work together as a team. Our center has control rooms connected to each space that allow for facilitator observation without obstructing the simulation experience.
What does simulation training include?
Simulation training at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital puts the learner in real-life clinical scenarios overseen by an expert team of simulation specialists. Each training experience includes:
Real-life Scenarios. In real time, instructor-led trainings use special infant- and child-size mannequins that can be programmed to display vital signs and mimic real-life emergency scenarios, such as seizures and resuscitation.
Hybrid Simulation. Two technologies are put together to create a sim, such as using a video of a real patient and then having the learner treat a simulator.
Debriefing. Simulation training is video-recorded and then reviewed by learners. Our structured debriefings provide learners with feedback, evaluation and the opportunity to reflect on the training.
Who uses a simulation center?
Many people benefit from real-world training in a simulation center, including:
Security personnel, physician residents, nurse residents, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and other clinicians
Parents and caregivers of children with complex home care needs
Hospital systems working to improve patient care and increase patient safety
Research organizations aiming to discover solutions and close the gaps between innovation and adoption of new practices and equipment
Alyssa Rake, M.D., is the new medical director of the Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education at Johns Hopkins All Children’s. She talks about why she became a doctor and the role that simulation plays in patient safety.
Eleven-year-old Michelle’s pulmonary valve needed to be replaced. In addition to CT scans and MRI, her cardiothoracic surgeon Awais Ashfaq, MBBS, used a 3D model of her heart to prepare for the surgery. Learn more about the many different team members who work together to create the models that aid physicians in treating children like Michelle.
With the hospital’s new 3D printer, the Simulation Center team is looking to the future, while finding ways to help now during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Experts at Johns Hopkins All Children’s developed a new program that incorporates simulation training to help law enforcement more effectively engage with people with autism spectrum disorder.
Parents go through special simulation training for their medically complex child—and wind up using their skills in an actual medical emergency.