Simulation Secrets

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(LSSU/John Shibley)

Vickie Slot, principle simulation expert with Spectrum Health Hospitals, shares her experiences in designing and remodeling 22,000 square feet of space into an education and simulation center for nurses, doctors, and health-care professionals in the greater Grand Rapids, Mich., area.

She was keynote speaker on May 12 at an international simulation educator conference co-sponsored by Lake Superior State University, LSSU’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Laerdal Medical that runs through May 13 in Sault Sate. Marie, Mich. The gathering explores state-of-the-art medical patient simulation technology that blinks, bleeds, cries, sweats and expresses symptoms to healthcare workers and students just as live patients might, and respond to treatment much like live patients would. LSSU is eying a multimillion-dollar expansion of its own simulation center, presently located in the Sault SSMartZone technology accelerator building.

The conference will devote the afternoon of May 13 to workshops in LSSU’s Simulation Center. Run a Web search on “LSSU simcenter” to read more about the LSSU facility.