Today, the Mount Sinai Health System has the only fully accredited Simulation Center in New York for the training of our medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty. The Center’s interdisciplinary structure has promoted collaborative work within Mount Sinai.
The Intensive Care Unit Simulation Lab at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West was established in 2007. Since then, this program has grown to become an institution-wide program that is being utilized by several departments and services. The center facilitates the type of teamwork, interactions, and communications among staff that contributes to improving the level of care we provide our patients.
The simulation center has several sophisticated computerized high fidelity manikins, as well as several other instruments including a bronchoscopy simulator., bronchoscopy, and rare events. The ultrasound simulator provides training in different clinical domains such as:
- Cardiac arrest situations
- Rapid response scenarios
- Airway management
- Emergency and elective invasive procedures,
The simulation center has several training labs all supported by a state-of-the-art audiovisual (A/V) equipment with several cameras located in different positions to capture accurate and detailed images of all events recorded during training. This A/V equipment is simultaneously linked to computerized manikins to provide instant feedback.
The Simulation Center at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West is being used to train residents in internal medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, pulmonary and critical care, anesthesia, critical care nurses, and respiratory therapists. Mount Sinai offers a fellowship in simulation as a joint collaboration with Pulmonary Medicine and Emergency Medicine. The simulation center also held an orientation for new fellows in pulmonary and critical care medicine for all first year fellows in the Mount Sinai Health System. The one full day simulation-based orientation included simulation-based training in basic and advanced airway management, central line insertion training, and bronchoscopy introduction training.
Mount Sinai Health System conducts simulation training in the following areas:
- Training for emergencies such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and shock resuscitation
- Training for teamwork among physicians and interdisciplinary teamwork including physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists
- Established environment for discussing errors by providing feedback during the post event debriefing session
- Training in central venous catheter placement and chest diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including standard aseptic technique protocol to prevent hospital acquired infection
- Providing an environment for research in quality improvement and patient safety.