High Fidelity Simulation Center
Opened in June of 2008, the UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing Simulation Center was created in part by a grant from the Scaife Foundation. The center's mission is to immerse the student nurse in a realistic clinical setting to practice a variety of patient care processes, eliminating the potential for real patient harm. Simulation activities are an educational adjunct to traditional theory and clinical program requirements throughout the curriculum.
The Simulation Center has a centralized control center and two hospital rooms. The high fidelity "patients" are SimMan® 3G from Laerdal Medical and Noelle®, a birthing simulator from Gaumard Scientific, two of the most technologically advanced simulators to date. Additionally, the center has various pediatric mannequins: Baby Hal® from Gaumard Scientific and Mega Code Kid and SimBaby™ from Laerdal.
A mock nursing station with electronic medical record capabilities, as well as an automated medication delivery system from McKesson, are contained in the simulation suite to replicate the clinical environment.