In surgery, as in life, practice makes perfect. But in the case of a cleft lip, practice is tricky, because a mistake can result in permanent scarring or disfigurement of a child’s face. This was the problem Carolyn Rogers-Vizena, MD, a plastic and oral surgeon in the Cleft Lip and Palate Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, brought to the SIMPeds Engineering Studio. She needed a safer hands-on way to teach cleft lip surgery to residents and students.
“Very minute slip-ups can cause scarring that stays with a child as they grow. So as a surgeon it’s hard to let go of the reins and let my trainees take over,” says Rogers-Vizena.
Rogers-Vizena reached out to Andrew Hosmer, Project Manager at SIMPeds Engineering, part of Boston Children’s simulator program. SIMPeds is a collaborative cohort of engineers, doctors, educators, scientists, and business leaders devoted to increasing clinician preparedness through high-fidelity simulation. Hosmer and his fellow engineers spend their days creating “trainers” — highly realistic anatomical replicas that enable providers and students to practice procedures that can’t be learned on live patients.
“Ultimately, we’re in service to the hospital, with a purpose to train and reduce fear,” Hosmer says. …Read More
Several studies have contributed to the school of thought that thoroughly preparing patients for surgery can reduce their anxiety and even lead to better recoveries and outcomes. That notion appears to be corroborated by the first-hand experience of Michael Glotzbecker, MD, a pediatric spine specialist and surgeon in the Boston Children’s Hospital Spinal Program.
“In my experience, patients do better when they are well prepared for surgery,” says Glotzbecker. …Read More
Weeks before the Meehan Family Pavilion at Milford Regional Medical Center opened its doors to a new Emergency Department on October 28, a few special patients had already been treated. There was a woman who went into premature labor, a child who accidentally overdosed on medication, and a man with a bacterial infection, among others.
All of these patients were in fact only actors playing their part in a SIMTest, a service provided by Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds) that helps expose unanticipated safety issues and avoid mistakes before they arise in real-life settings. Medical simulation has grown in popularity over the past ten years, as studies show that the practice can result in “safer and more efficient care for patients, providers, and systems.”
For 15 years, the Simulation Program at Boston Children’s Hospital has honed the concept of scenario-based simulation training in medicine. Through a recently launched initiative called SIM Network, the program is now taking the lessons it’s learned on the road, developing and offering more than 50 courses at nine community hospitals across eastern Massachusetts. …Read More