Dobbs Ferry, NY – March 20, 2017 – 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 now has an invaluable tool – the new Health Professions Clinical Simulation and Learning Labs. The 12,000 square-foot space consists of several specialized labs designed to simulate different disciplines within a health care facility. The Labs also include control rooms, debriefing space and several large classrooms.
Health Professions Clinical Simulation and Learning Labs
March 22, 2017
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry Campus
The Health Professions Clinical Simulation and Learning Labs were made possible, in part, thanks to a $250,000 donation by the Friends of Nursing Fund. The Fund was established by an anonymous donor to help provide state-of-the-art equipment in the clinical simulation labs that mimics a hospital environment. The Labs are inter-professional and will be used by many programs in the School of Health and Natural Sciences.
The Labs are divided into four different lab areas, each focused on a specific area of health care and treatment.
- Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab
- Movement Lab
- Health Assessment Lab
- Home Health Lab
The Labs are filled with state-of-the-art technology that give students real-world experience before they even begin their clinical experiences. 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 high-fidelity mannequins are the next best thing to actual, human patients. The mannequins are able to respond like a human would—including being able to breathe, cry, sweat and more. Using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, students can simulate administering medicine and treatment to the mannequins, which the mannequins would react to in real-time just like a real patient would. This allows students to gain experience, refine fundamental skills and increase patient safety.
School of Health and Natural Sciences Dean Dr. Joan Toglia said: “Students are able to use computer-animated mannequins to hear lung sounds, feel a pulse, practice catheter or chest tube insertion, manage a cardiac arrest or other medical conditions that are programmed to replicate real life situations. This creates an ideal environment for students from different health profession disciplines to collaborate and solve clinical problems together, within a simulated health care team.”
Observation and control rooms adjoin the simulation areas so professors can coach students through simulations, provide feedback or even change the scenarios in real time so students can gain experience adjusting to new conditions. The ability to customize scenarios gives students the chance to experience and treat low-frequency medical events they may not be exposed to otherwise.
The second floor of the Health Professions Clinical Simulation and Learning Labs area is home to the Movement and Home Health Labs. These Labs will be used primarily by occupational therapy, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy, exercise science and nursing students. The Home Health Lab is an instructional space where students will 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. In the accessible kitchen and bathroom space, students will learn how to teach functional mobility skills and simulate daily tasks such as cooking and home maintenance, as well as self-care Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing and dressing.
Toglia said: “Our new and exciting technologies maximize student learning, confidence and engagement. We have brought health care education to a whole new level to ensure our students are ready to meet the challenges of today’s health care world.”
All the 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.
About Mercy College
Mercy College is the dynamic, diverse New York City area college whose students are on a personal mission: to get the most out of life by getting the most out of their education.
Founded in 1950, Mercy offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College challenges its faculty and staff to make higher education work for anyone hungry enough to earn a better place in life. With campuses in Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan and Yorktown Heights, the vibrancy of the College culture is sustained by a diverse student body from around the region.
Committed to supporting students throughout their education, Mercy College offers a personalized learning experience that includes the College’s Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. PACT is a nationally recognized mentoring program that serves as a model for student success. www.mercy.edu/ 877-MERCY-GO.