University of Utah Health Nursing Simulation Learning Center
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Advanced Preparation Studio
In the advanced preparation studio of the Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Learning Center, students learn and apply the skills and knowledge needed to provide safe, evidence-based and quality patient care.
In this area, technologically sophisticated mannequins replicate real patients from infancy to adulthood. Among other capabilities, these mannequins have heartbeats and breath sounds. They can speak. And they respond physiologically to student actions.
Here students practice prioritizing the diverse needs of complex patients while practicing effective communication in a busy acute care environment that can replicate surgical wards, critical care units and emergency departments.
Basic Preparation Studio
In the basic preparation studio, mannequins and task trainer models are used to teach psycho-motor and assessment skills.
Students practice a variety of tasks, including starting IVs and practicing wound care. The basic studio space has technology and space to accommodate didactic content delivery, which allows students to learn about and observe the procedure before practicing.
As students progress, learning becomes more complex, with the incorporation of psycho-social, communication and critical thinking skills. Various levels of mannequins and simulators add realism and complexity to learning experiences. For example, the ability to program heart and lung sounds in the “patients” enables students to listen and monitor appropriate anatomical locations.