The Simulation Centre uses high fidelity patient simulators as well as part task trainers to train health care learners and professionals to develop and enhance their critical thinking, technical, interventional and teamwork skills in a safe and controlled environment.
The Simulation Centre is regularly used by anesthesiologists, intensivists, internal medicine specialists, nurses, respiratory therapists and other health care professionals. It is available for use by all health care educators trained in the delivery and facilitation of simulation based training sessions. The simulation training facility can be configured to replicate various clinical environments such as operating rooms, critical care units, ward rooms or virtually any other patient management area.

Services:
The Simulation Centre is equipped with high fidelity patient simulators and part task trainers to allow the spectrum of learners, novice to advanced, to develop, practice and sharpen clinical and technical skills. Learners are able to practice management of clinical emergencies and critical events as well as acquire skills in vascular access, basic and advanced airway management, spinal and epidural anesthesia and crisis resource management.

The following are some current examples of simulation sessions being delivered:
- Basic skills for medical students as a pre-introduction to the operating room where they are trained on how to intubate and ventilate patients as well as how to establish intravenous access.
- Advanced skills for anesthesia residents including management of patients undergoing general anesthesia, initiating spinal or epidural anesthesia, management of common and uncommon intraoperative events. Training in crisis resource management which is a subset of specific skills in the efficient and effective management of critical events also occurs.
- Skills for Intensive Care Unit / Critical Care Nursing
Post graduate nurses in the critical care nursing program acquire expertise in day-to-day management of critical  care patients and crisis resource management, and hone their communications skills for this specialized area of nursing.
- Skills for Operating Room Nursing
Post graduate nurses in the perioperative nursing training program prepare for the demanding work in operating rooms by learning how to respond to cardiac arrests and assisting the anesthesia team with induction of anesthesia and airway management
- Professional Development for Anesthesiologists
Workshops and sessions identified as a need by faculty are designed, developed and delivered to members of the Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine. A perennially popular topic for workshops is crisis resource management.

Facility:
Capacity: 15 persons
Located in the basement of the Centennial Building, Victoria General site of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, the multi-disciplinary Simulation Centre is a 1900 ft2 space that contains the following:
- Conference Debriefing Classroom
- Simulation Training Hospital Room
- Control Room
- Administrative and Storage Facilities

Team:

Dr. Narendra Vakharia
Medical Director
Email: vakharia@dal.ca

Tanya Frail
Simulation Technician
Email: tanya.frail@nshealth.ca
Telephone: 902.473.3199
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