The Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is staffed by nationally recognized researchers and technologists specially trained in pediatric simulation science. Our goal is 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. Our hospital-based pediatric Simulation Center offers a broad spectrum of pediatric and neonatal medicine simulation alongside world-renowned physicians and clinicians. This multidisciplinary approach to training provides the opportunity for learners to lead in the most critical situations.
Our Simulation Center features the highest quality simulators on the market to recreate real-life pediatric situations in real time. We aim to increase patient safety by advancing education, communication and teamwork through innovative simulation training.
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. 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. To enhance the learners’ simulation exercise, 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, learners practice both high-risk and clinical exercises on high-fidelity mannequins that may be programmed to respond to treatment by emitting carbon dioxide, producing vital signs or other realistic responses.
- 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.
Who Uses a Simulation Center?
Many people benefit from real-world training in a simulation center. Learners include:
- 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