Monongahela Valley Hospital Opens Simulation Center


(June 10, 2019 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) is taking continuing education to a higher level with the opening of its new Simulation Education Center. Located on the fourth floor of the hospital, the Center features manikins, jointed models of the human body used for medical training, which can replicate a variety of patient symptoms and conditions. The realistic manikin's digital screen eyes can blink, droop, become bloodshot or jaundice. The manikins are physiologically based and can respond automatically to treatments and simulate critical interventions such as mechanical ventilator management.

"The Simulation Center enables Monongahela Valley Hospital to develop meaningful learning experiences for students as well as advanced-degree nurses that will enhance patient safety," said Mary Lou Murt, MVH's senior vice president and chief nursing officer. "The technology allows us to create medical scenarios that will increase self-confidence and competence in critical thinking, clinical decision making and skill development among our medical teams."

MVH's Simulation Education Center includes:
  • Two patient simulator rooms (one private and one semi-private)
  • Two high-fidelity manikins
  • Various task trainers and full-body manikin for skill development
  • American Heart Association-approved manikins with visual and auditory feedback for chest compressions
  • A debriefing room
  • Computer classroom

The Simulator Center is an American Heart Association Training Center. It follows the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Standards of Best Practice to develop positive learning experiences.

Monongahela Valley Hospital Opens Simulation Center photo
Nurse Educator Lisa Atkinson, MSN, RN, BS Ed., (center) points to a blood pressure reading taken by nurse manager Angela DiBasilio on one simulation manikin while radiology technologist Brooke Loughner and radiology student Jacob Tolliver practice moving a second manikin.

Monongahela Valley Hospital Opens Simulation Center photo
Nursing staff watch as nurse educator Lisa Atkinson, MSN, RN, BS Ed., (center) assists nurses (l. to r) Ashley Monack and Angela DiBasilio perform a procedure on a simulation manikin.


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