New Hospital Simulation Lab Includes Six Robotic ‘Patients’
The robots' conditions at the Kaiser Permanente Ohio facility can improve or worsen, depending on the medical treatment they receive.
By Robotics Trends' News Sources - Filed Jul 06, 2011

Kaiser Permanente Ohio has launched an innovative Patient Simulation Lab where clinicians can train with life-size robot mannequins that mimic real human health responses. These new tools will drive critical learning needed to discover high value practices that help save lives.

Simulation training gives Kaiser Permanente Ohio clinicians an opportunity to expand and enhance their clinical skills in a realistic environment, while also preparing for emergencies they may not see every day.

In 2008 the Kaiser Permanente Ohio team participated in a simulation training that led them through the response procedures for a patient with malignant hyperthermia, a rare but life-threatening condition that is triggered by exposure to certain drugs used for general anesthesia. Just a few weeks later, this training helped the Ohio team diagnose and treat a man suffering from this condition, saving his life.

The new lab houses six high-tech robots that are modeled in ages from newborn to adult. Their audio/visual capabilities include talking, breathing, bleeding, seizing, sweating, moving, blinking and giving birth.

The robots can respond dynamically to the treatment they are given by the clinicians – similar to their real-life counterparts. If the team takes the right steps, the robot patient improves. Conversely, the wrong move will worsen the robot patient's condition.

When these faux treatments are conducted, the entire simulation is broadcasted in real-time to a separate classroom where it is recorded. The lab captures other key elements of a hospital environment as well, by having a fully featured Emergency Department, Clinical Decision Unit Department, and an exam room, all of which are equipped with cameras that are monitored by a two-way mirror in a control room.

After the simulation has been completed, participants return to the classroom to watch the recording and debrief. By examining their performance, the team can further perfect the care they expect to give in the future.

SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente via PRNewswire


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