A motor vehicle collision (MVC) on a snowy rural highway or a remote farm accident. A hostile scene, unsafe for ambulance personnel to enter. A violent and out-of-control individual who may be sick, intoxicated, or in autistic crisis. A call to a private residence for a cardiac arrest or a call to a nursing home for a person who has shortness of breath. Who responds? Law Enforcement Officers (LEO’s) are often first on the scene to a wide range of 911 calls, particularly in communities where they are designated First Responders. They respond to medical and behavioral emergencies in public and private settings, from residences, nursing homes, and schools to crime scenes and other challenging and potentially hostile environments that may be too hazardous for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to immediately access. Special training is needed and EMS Education at HCMC has responded with a unique program, Tactical Emergency Medicine Peace Officer (TEMPO)™, specifically designed for law enforcement personnel.
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), already a nationally recognized teaching hospital, is opening a brand new, state-of-the art medical simulation facility. The Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center (“Sim Center”), opening January 7, 2013, will support education programs that train more than 20,000 caregivers each year.
Located in the lower level of the state’s first Level I Trauma Center, the 10,000 square foot Sim Center area provides a safe environment for health care professionals to practice real-life medical situations and procedures in rooms with the equipment found in operating rooms, emergency departments or other treatment areas – including the electronic health record. Continue reading “Sim Center revolutionizes medical education”