April 13, 2010
One of the best ways to get better at something is to practice. The CAMC Health Education and Research Institute recently added new training equipment to its simulation center to give doctors more specialized training in a variety of procedures. The Mentice VIST™ is a high fidelity endovascular simulator that provides realistic hands-on training for angiographic and interventional procedures. The VIST will be used to help doctors in training practice exploratory medicine looking for injuries and illnesses, and interventional medicine where they’ll practice going in and correcting the problems they’ve found. Every action is recorded by a computer. At the end of the procedure, the computer gives trainers and the doctor performing the procedure a report on what action was taken and what happened based on that action. “This allows doctors to see the results of their actions, both good and bad,” said David Matics, simulation education specialist and life support training center coordinator. “This system provides state-of- the-art simulation-based training with unique clinical and simulation realism.” There also are multiple access options and a variety of patient scenarios to challenge the learner’s procedural capabilities. Matics says the VIST will ultimately play a role in the vascular fellowship once physicians and Simulation Center staff establish the training modules. It also could be used for training in cardiac, carotid and renal stenting.

Since opening the Simulation Center in 2005, the CAMC Institute has been striving to improve patient safety through training, education and assessment of simulated procedures. The CAMC Patient Simulation Center is the largest and most advanced facility of its kind in the state and a premier center nationally. At the center, students and health care professionals are able to gain experiences similar to real medical settings by treating life-like, computer-controlled manikins, which helps to prepare them for the demands of the field. “The latest addition to the Simulation Center is an example of the Institute’s continued focus on offering more training techniques and procedures,” Matics said. “We’re always looking for better ways to train doctors and other clinicians in a safe environment with the goal of enhancing clinical performance, reducing cost and in the long term, improving patient safety.”

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