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students working with mannequin

Upstate's EM-STAT Center is an immersive simulation environment that replicates an emergency department setting and pre-hospital environments. The simulation technology includes:

  • An "extended family" of programmable manikins of adults, children and infants. The manikins can be programmed to speak, cry, blink, bleed, and respond physiologically to medical intervention.
  • Multi-media equipment, including online simulation programs of scenarios in a 'virtual' environment for student learning
  • Four simulation rooms, including on that can be converted to a home environment or waiting room.
  • Two debriefing/conference rooms, where recorded scenarios can be played back and analyzed to review performance.

Skills Taught

  • Vital signs
  • Cricothyrotomy
  • Medication administration
  • Defibrillation and cardiac pacing
  • Chest tube insertion
  • Diagnostic peritoneal lavage
  • Lung, heart and bowel sounds
  • Endotracheal intubaton
  • Peripheral and Central IV placement
  • ECG interpretation
  • Needle chest decompression
  • Urinary catheterization
  • Hemorrhage control
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Ultrasound and imaging interpretation

When training in a team environment, we also stress non-technical skills, such as:

  • Team building and communication
  • Diagnostic reasoning
  • Multiple patient incidents
  • Critical decision making
  • Critical incident management
  • Research and evaluation