by Anne Halliwell
In a small, cramped room, three members of the Rochester Fire Department quickly sized up the situation. An EpiPen lay discarded on a table next to a wheezing high-schooler. The school nurse frantically searched her paperwork for a parent’s number. …It was day two of Rochester Fire Department training at the Mayo Clinic Simulation Center and Limb Lab. The department partnered with Mayo Clinic last year to add stakes to their normal education efforts, Capt. Brett Knapp said. Getting hands-on, repetitive training for the types of calls the Fire Department goes on, is helpful for the whole staff, he said. So teams of three — the minimum number that can answer a call — cycled between the anaphylaxis simulation and another that presented the teams with a stabbing victim — a homeless man bleeding heavily from his thigh and underarm.
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Florida Times-Union, Mayo Simulation Center Accredited by Charlie Patton — The Mayo Clinic’s J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center in Jacksonville has earned accreditation in the area of teaching and education from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in Washington, D.C. The Weaver center is one of only 100 in the world to be recognized as having the highest quality standards in health care simulation. The Society for Simulation in Healthcare fosters the improvement and application of simulation-based modalities that promote better patient care and can improve patient outcomes. The accreditation was awarded after a peer-reviewed, customized evaluation of the center’s processes and outcomes in teaching and education that included an application process and on-site review visit.
Context: A new procedural skills lab in the Mayo Clinic J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic in Florida will help staff learn and perfect various clinical procedures, including joint arthroscopy, spinal taps and kidney removal. In addition, participants in the lab will experiment, learn and refine new procedures on tissue from cadavers. You can read more about the new facility on Mayo Clinic News Network. And if you're interested in reading more about Mayo's simulation facilities, you can find more information here.