SwedishAmerican Adds SimJunior to Train Pediatric Providers and Staff
SwedishAmerican recently purchased a life-sized, state-of-the-art patient simulator named SimJunior, giving pediatric providers and nurses a realistic training tool to further develop their skills in caring for young patients.
SimJunior is the latest addition to the SwedishAmerican family of patient simulation tools. The hospital currently utilizes two patient simulators: Victoria and Baby Hal. Victoria is used to simulate a full-term mother in labor while Baby Hal simulates a newborn infant.
Designed by Laerdal in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics, SimJunior represents a six-year-old boy that can simulate a number of medical conditions and scenarios – ranging from a healthy, talking child to an unresponsive patient with no vital signs. Parts of the simulator are anatomically modeled to simulate realistic breathing patterns, circulation, airway movement and a number of other vital functions.
The simulator’s programming can be customized in real time to present a number of different situations. Sensors measure the simulator’s vital signs and responsive actions from healthcare workers in order to provide feedback which can be used for further training.
A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.
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