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Simulation Center

Health care professionals enjoy real-world training simulations at the recently completed $2 million high-tech Simulation (SIM) lab in the Mercyhealth Prehospital and Emergency Services Center on the Rockton Avenue campus.

The “sim lab” is designed to let instructors develop a variety of patient care scenarios, complete with sounds and realistic backgrounds. Providers, including first responders, paramedics, and nurses to our critical care providers and medical students, have the opportunity to practice in real world, difficult scenarios that can rapidly change with the push of a button.  Thousands of students each year are better equipped to handle critical situations in the community because of the training they receive.

Our state-of-the-art sim lab features:

  • METI man – human patient simulator
  • METI vision – a simulation room with:
    • Video scenario immersion
    • A control room
    • A sound system
    • Video recording for debriefing
  • High fidelity OB simulator for high-risk, low-frequency emergency child births

A second sim lab features a standard patient room headwall and an emergency department headwall so nurses and physicians simulate in familiar settings. A crash cart and cardiac monitor mimic equipment available on the floors.

By using video, called METI-Vision, instructors play back the simulation cases to have the students review and critique their own performance as part of their training process.

Our sim labs are used by hospital staff and prehospital providers who participate in:

  • General orientation simulations
  • Unit-specific simulations
  • Inter-disciplinary simulations
  • Difficult patient encounter simulations

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A Rockford hospital is home to a new high-tech simulation lab