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Everyone is gearing up for Halloween and setting the stage with costumes, gory makeup, and other theatrical elements. For most people, this is a once a year activity, but for simulation professionals, aspects of this spooky tradition have become part of a typical workday. Phil Wortham, Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Center Program Manager, talks more about it. 

What is Healthcare Simulation?

Not unlike the architect of a haunted house, simulation experts weave scenarios, establish story-lines, and create a sensory experience. These scenarios help prepare medical professionals for high-stakes situations in a low-risk environment. Healthcare simulation is a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience. What makes simulation effective is the realistic effect on participants.

To help create this realistic effect, here are some of the tools used in healthcare simulation:

  • Robotic manikins – Manikins can mimic health conditions and respond to treatment methods. Used with video recording and live-feed conference room that allow medical professionals to act out and respond to specific scenarios
  • Medical moulage – Moulage has become synonymous with the application of simulated illnesses or wounds on a manikin in order to provide assessment clues for medical professionals.
  • Simulated Odors – To take the realism of training scenarios to another level, simulation professionals use realistic olfactory simulation in addition to the visual simulation of prosthetics. These alcohol-based scent oils are designed to simulate scents in the most unpleasant of scenarios.

How is Medical Moulage Used?

We use medical moulage to simulate patient cases dealing with trauma as well as medically simulated representations of internal illnesses. Medical moulage techniques range from simple scrapes and mild infections to complex trauma simulations. If you’re a simulation–or Halloween–enthusiast, you can use some techniques to help you complete the effect.

Why is Healthcare Simulation Important?

Healthcare simulation is meant to replicate real-world clinical experiences in an interactive, educational way. It’s a powerful learning to tool to help healthcare professionals gain experience and provide safer care.

About the Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Center

The Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Center is a 10,000-square foot training facility headquartered at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City with 10 labs spread throughout Utah and southern Idaho. Through advanced simulation technology, we provide training to thousands of hospital, homecare, and clinic professionals every year.

To learn more, visit https://intermountainhealthcare.org/simcenter

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