Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Clinical Simulation Lab
In the Clinical Simulation Lab, trainees can “practice” on mannequins whose complex circuitry causes them to react as if they were human.
Standardized patients – the very human community members who have been specially trained to accurately portray specific roles or conditions – are used in conjunction with simulation technologies in this facility.
The 12,600 square-foot facility is equipped with a number of features, including:
- Six inpatient hospital rooms, each equipped with video cameras for recording and communication;
- A multi-purpose room that can function as a simulated Operating Room, Emergency Room or Intensive Care Unit;
- A professional skills/task training lab with body-part models for learning how to perform such procedures as drawing blood, lumbar puncture, and insertion of central and IV lines;
- A virtual reality lab for practicing surgical skills;
- A debrief room.
Ted James, a Fletcher Allen oncology surgeon and UVM College of Medicine associate professor, is director of Clinical Simulation. Funding for the project came from a gift of the late Thomas Sullivan, MD, who worked and taught at Fletcher Allen and UVM, and a $1.75 million grant secured by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.
Visit the Clinical Simulation Lab on the University of Vermont web site for more information.