It's a.....baby! MetroHealth Sim Center welcomes its newest staff member
Metrohealth's Sim Center (our simulation center that allows students and health professionals to work on "patients" in realistic scenarios) recently welcomed a brand new baby to the team.
At eight pounds, 21 inches, this baby is as real as they come in the world of simulation. It cries, it breathes, its arms and legs move, and it even blinks. Heart and lung sounds add to the realism of the experience.
The youngest member of the Sim team will be helping medical professionals perfect their skills in neonatal care for years to come.
“Nothing makes a nurse more nervous than when an infant comes in and can’t communicate,” explains Jen Kuzas, RN, a clinical nurse and education coordinator for the emergency department. “The new baby is more realistic and will help our nurses practice and be prepared to handle real situations we see in the ED."
This is the most advanced simulator baby on the market. It’s completely wireless and powered by a battery that lasts up to eight hours. Body movement is programmable, adding to the realism of the scenarios being conducted.
Some of the true-to-life scenarios include resuscitation and extracting foreign objects from the airway.
“The scenarios we can use are really limitless,” says Jared Lee, Simulation Training Specialist.
For now, the infant goes by its given name, Super Tory. But that name will soon change because the Sim Center is hosting a Baby Naming Challenge for employees.
“As a way to introduce our new baby to staff, we’re collecting items for a local domestic violence shelter,” explains Jackie Csank, manager of the Sim Center. “For every item an employee donates, they can recommend a name.”
Staff that will benefit from practicing medical intervention on baby Tory include Peds, MedPeds, the NICU, Respiratory Therapy, Labor and Delivery and the ED.
“We’re excited to provide this level of technology to our staff,” says Jackie. “We look forward to using Baby Tory to increase comfort and competence of our employees who deal with babies in crisis.
The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.