The virtual patient, "Simantha," had unexpected technical problems that short-circuited the presentation by SimSuite Medical Simulation Corp. employees.Gosh, I feel the love for Simantha, don't you?
Had Simantha been virtually alive and kicking, staff and physicians would have been able to try their hand at saving her life by performing a virtual cardiac procedure using new technology. Chances were good that she would have died during training in order teach the staff how to handle a crashing patient. None of that was able to happen thanks to intricate technology and its flaws.
SimSuite, the 35-foot bus travels year round and stops at hospitals and medical centers in the hopes of training the staff on the latest treatments for lesions in coronary arteries that are difficult to treat due to their location or size.
"This is a great way for staff to get hands-on training without a real patient on the table," said Chris Mitchelli, field clinical educator. "We can simulate an emergency."
Dr. Karthik Sheka, interventional cardiologist at PMC, was on hand to test out the new technology but never got the chance.
"All of the devices coming out now are much more advanced than before. It is something that you don't want to try out on a patient so this is a great idea to get the practice," he said. "There are always risks and complications with procedures such as this so you are able to play around with your options on a simulated patient.
Medicine changes fast so physicians need to keep their skills up-to-date. When Simantha is working properly, she is there to help."