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Rehabilitation Lab

In this lab space, students develop their skills in the areas of examination and treatment of patients typically seen for rehabilitation. Skills practiced include assessment of range of motion, strength, balance, and coordination; determining the patient’s ability to transfer and use assistive devices like wheelchairs, walkers and crutches; and training individuals in the successful use of orthoses and prostheses. Additionally students refine their manual skills as they mobilize and manipulate joints and soft tissue under the supervision of faculty.   

Home Health Lab

The Home Health Lab is an instructional space where students learn and problem solve how to assist individuals with illnesses and medical conditions adapt to environmental barriers in the home, and navigate daily challenges that come with sudden life changes.

Interprofessional Education

The Health Professions Clinical Simulation and Learning Labs will provide opportunities to bring together students from various health professions for interdisciplinary hands-on learning experiences in settings that reflect in-patient, clinic, and home settings. The students can work as a team while practicing patient assessment, critical thinking, communication, and interventions based on specific patient scenarios.

Health Professions Clinical Simulation and Learning Labs

When it comes to training the best future health care professionals, who are prepared to handle anything they might face in their profession – Mercy College has an invaluable tool – the new Health Professions Clinical Simulation and Learning Labs. The Dobbs Ferry 12,000 square-foot space which opened in January 2017, consists of several specialized labs designed to simulate different disciplines within a health care facility. The labs are inter-professional and will be used by many programs in the School of Health and Natural Sciences.Video capture provides opportunities to review students’ performance with them to provide feedback for improvement in skills and interactions.

Simulation and lab hours are scheduled in alignment with courses.  Students are informed at the start of each semester of these hours.

Hospital Simulation Lab
Hospital Simulation Lab

Several highly interactive mannequins are housed in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab, and students are able to treat them using real hospital equipment. The mannequins exhibit human physiologic functions such as blood pressure, reactive pupils, working tear ducts and heart and lung sounds. Students can perform many common procedures such as starting an IV, obtaining a blood sample, inserting a bladder catheter, giving medications, treating wounds and performing surgical procedures in response to the specific case they are evaluating and treating. Using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, students can simulate administering medicine and treatment to the mannequin, which the mannequins react to in real-time. Students gain experience, refine fundamental skills, establish priorities, and safely apply learned concepts.

Health Assessment Lab

This flexible space contains exam tables typically seen in hospitals and clinics. Physical therapy and occupational therapy students use the space to learn orthotic fabrication, application of physical agent modalities, and orthopedic intervention skills. Nursing students use the space to learn to conduct health assessments. 

 

Bronx Clinical Simulation Labs

Health professional students (Nursing and Physician Assistant) have two specialized clinical simulation labs located on the Bronx campus. The labs offer students additional experience reacting to real-life medical scenarios that further prepares them for entry into the clinical year.  A Health Assessment lab with specialized exam tables is also available.

Simulation and lab hours are scheduled in alignment with courses.  Students are informed at the start of each semester of these hours.

Clinical Skills Lab
Clinical Skills Lab

These two labs contain eight low fidelity beds that can be set up with four low fidelity mannequins one of the high-fidelity mannequins and two large tables for practice of clinical skills. One of the hospital bed areas has a ceiling lift to teach students safe patient handling techniques. 

Nursing students use this space to learn a variety of procedural skills including drawing blood, wound care, IV placement and airway management. Other health professional student use the space and equipment to prepare for internships in hospital settings. 

Control Rooms
Control Rooms

These rooms permit simulation specialists to operate the patient simulators from computers. The control rooms also house the wireless microphone receivers and video recorders. The simulation specialist works with the faculty to call up and modify simulation scenarios, watch the performance of the learners, and even provide the patient’s “voice” through a speaker in the mannequin’s head.

Additional Spaces

Debriefing Space

This is used for debriefing sessions after clinical simulation. Sessions involve intense analysis facilitated by faculty. Students engage in self-reflection, guided feedback, and active critical thinking analysis. Debriefing enhances the teaching/learning process in an effort to produce health care providers that provide high quality, safe patient care that are driven to engage in lifelong learning.


Classroom Space

Several large classrooms in the space foster seamless movement between classroom and clinic activities.