The McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation (McLaren) has approved a grant for nearly $100,000 to purchase SimMan 3G, a real-life patient simulator. The simulator’s job is to help clinicians improve time management, decision-making and communication with co-workers and other departments, with a goal of better overall care that leads to patient satisfaction.
Created by Laerdal Medical Company, the SimMan 3G can display neurological and physical systems, recreating all the breath, heart and bowel sounds that you would expect in a human. The simulator comes with a lengthy list of features that optimize simulation-training scenarios, including automatic drug recognition, light sensitive pupils and more. The instructor can manipulate SimMan 3G’s vital signs and even turn its lips blue if it is not getting the correct amount of oxygen.
These features provide new opportunities for McLaren to practice many basic and advanced clinical skills without posing risk to patients. McLaren educators spent five months learning how to use the modern technology to ensure they would be experts when time came to start training staff.
“Part of what we do in clinical education is rehearse emergency codes to help new and experienced staff sharpen their skills,” said Amanda Lampron, manager of clinical education at McLaren Greater Lansing. “The new simulator allows us to replicate a more realistic and involved experience for training staff, so we are prepared for any situation that comes through the door.”
McLaren has a history as a teaching hospital for physicians, nurses and clinical staff with training programs affiliated with Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, Baker College and other higher education institutions.