VIDEO: Anesthesiology Simulation | Mt Sinai School of Medicine HELPS Center

| Roxanne Blanford

The Department of Anesthesiology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City (now the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) purchased the first Human Patient Simulator (HPS) put on the market by CAE Healthcare (known then as "METI"). This "live" video shows students responding to simulation training.


Mount Sinai anesthesia residents continue receiving high quality patient care training that combines medical doctor-led instruction, with intense simulation scenarios, at the school's Human Emulation, Education and Evaluation Lab for Patient Safety, or HELPS Center.

In addition to resident training, the HELPS Center offers Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesia (MOCA) courses, professional retraining and competency assessment for medical licensing bodies.

CAE Healthcare's 2012 filming of a live HPS simulation was facilitated by Dr. Adam Levine, Professor of Anesthesiology, Otolaryngology and Structural and Chemical Biology at the School. Dr. Levine also serves as Program Director and Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Anesthesiology, and is the program director of the HELPS center.
                                            Watch the HELPS Center training video below.

Simulators That "Truly Breathe" for Realistic Anesthesia Training
The training session was offered to third-year anesthesia residents from four medical institutions in New York City. The video, depicting a simulation of a rare, but life-threatening situation (oxygen line failure during a robotic prostatectomy), pointedly highlights the strengths of patient simulation for anesthesia training. 

At the time of filming, the HPS manikin was the only patient simulator that could truly consume oxygen and produce carbon dioxide. Now, CAE Healthcare provides a full line of realistic simulators that exhibit spontaneous breathing, produce accurate physiological responses to treatments, and interface with real clinical monitors and equipment.


In the past few years, healthcare simulation has made an exponential transformation from a Best Secret to becoming a bona fide Best Practice. Few involved in its past could have imagined the speed, extent, and creative ways in which simulation has been aplied. It's apparent that our only limitations are our imaginations. 
From "The Comprehensive Textbook of Healthcare Simulation" by Drs. Adam Levine, Samuel DeMaria, Jr., Andrew Schwartz, Alan Sim (2013)

Simulation is Here to Stay
Dr. Levine, a site visitor for the Society in Simulation Healthcare accreditation program, has expressed hope that more medical associations will embrace healthcare simulation and create simulation-based standards for professional assessment, re-entry or retraining.

"Simulation is here to stay," Dr. Levine has said. "It will be embedded in all educational activities from student through post-graduate, and it will be used for education, assessment and maintenance for all healthcare providers."

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