The Sim Bay offers a mix of low, medium, and high fidelity patient simulator based simulation, as well as clinical-grade cadaver procedure learning for development and reinforcement of skills in emergency, trauma, airway and critical care.
Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)
At the beginning of their three week Emergency clinical rotation, students are introduced to simulation based medical education in the Sim Bay. Expectations are established at the outset and learning objectives outlined. Sessions start with the basics of how to operate common equipment that is required in resuscitation to working through common emergency medicine scenarios in leader and follower roles. Team function is highlighted and constructive feedback provided regarding crisis resource management and skills performance. There is an exit simulation session that continues with more realistic cases that helps consolidate what was learned in the initial session as well as their recent on-shift clinical experience.
Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME)
Critical event scenarios in conjunction with clinical grade cadavers are used for learning and reinforcement of skills in areas such as trauma, airway, procedural skills, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). The Sim Bay also offers opportunities for residents to create and evaluate simulation scenarios, increasing their capacity in medical education.
Interprofessional Education (IPE)
The Sim Bay is used by and is available for faculty and learners in multiple health disciplines including medicine, nursing, paramedicine, respiratory therapy and more. The simulation scenarios carried out in the Sim Bay most often involve an interdisciplinary team approach. Additionally, there are Sim Bay sessions for:
- Skill days for nurses at the QEII Health Sciences Centre
- Department of National Defense airway mannequin/cadaveric skills days
- Search and Rescue Technician (SARTech) training
- Paramedic training sessions
- Skills and simulation training for LifeFlight Critical Care Air Medical Crew (AMC)
- Disaster simulation
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The Sim Bay is available to healthcare professionals at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and across Atlantic Canada for continuing professional development in emergency, trauma and critical care. Three courses, which have received accreditation through Dalhousie University and specialty College include The Halifax Resuscitation Course, AIME Advanced, and the Simulation Leader Instructor Course.
The Sim Bay has been used for disaster simulation. It is located immediately adjacent to the Emergency Department of the tertiary care hospital, inside the hospital, and therefore readily accessible during simulated disaster training. Sim Bay staff support preparation for these sessions, including: identifying objectives, evaluation criteria and checklists; scripting the case stem; identifying controller input; and briefing and debriefing participants. The exercises can be simple – practicing how to call a Code Orange from the ED, for example, focused – decontaminating 20-30 simulated casualties, for example, or large and comprehensive, integrating several types of simulation that can run for several hours. The use of the Sim Bay during these sessions does not interfere with the routine functions of the Emergency Department and does not affect regular patient care.
Cadavers used for learning in the Sim Bay look, feel and behave in a manner that is for the most part indistinguishable from that experienced during a procedure on a live patient. There is no higher-fidelity simulation than one that uses the human body as a medium for learning. Specially prepared cadavers are used by many medical specialties in refining and refreshing procedural and surgical skills, in a safe learning environment without any risk to patients. Procedural learning can be repeated until evidence of competency is demonstrated and the learner can transition to the care of patients.
Capacity: 15 persons
Located in the Halifax Infirmary Hospital, this multi-disciplinary Sim Bay is a 1350 ft2 space with renovation plans being developed to transform it into a state of the art facility (1731 ft2).
Dr. Nick Sowers