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April 21, 2014

Bequest gives hospital new learning center

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Inside an IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital room, hospital staffers trade off performing chest compressions on a man lying in a hospital bed.

Afterward, they gather in the room next door to watch video of their efforts filmed by two cameras mounted overhead and played back on a screen that also displays the patient's monitor throughout. An instructor points out mistakes visible in the playback, such as someone's arms held at the wrong angle while doing compressions, and a pause of longer than 10 seconds before beginning the next round.

After offering their own critiques and observations, the group files back into the hospital room to gather around the patient's bed and try it all again.

Thankfully, the setting isn't actually inside the hospital itself, and the flatlining "patient" in question is a mannequin and is in no danger; the exercise is part of a class being taught in the Janice B. Fisher Learning Center, a new facility providing simulation technology and mannequins for training new and current IU Health BMH employees. An open house for the public is scheduled for Thursday, The Star Press reported (http://tspne.ws/1reRXdz ).

The space in the basement of the Edmund F. Ball Medical Education Center includes not just offices for the hospital's Education Resources program, plus classrooms and computer labs, but also three simulation rooms built to mimic specific areas of the actual hospital.

Two of them are replicas of rooms in the hospital's South Tower, with a nurse's station in the hall providing windows into a patient room on either side, and the same storage, beds and equipment used in the hospital itself.

A third simulation room matches a trauma room in the hospital's Emergency Department, down to the carts filled with supplies and the sink installed where it would be in the ED, even though this one isn't actually hooked up to a water line, noted Joni Casperson-Bates, simulation coordinator for the center.

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