Saint Peter’s to Dedicate New Simulation Center, Harnessing New Technologies for Hands-on Training, and a Renovated OR and Expanded ED

February 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.: Saint Peter’s University Hospital will hold a dedication and blessing of its new Simulation Center for Interprofessional Learning (SCIL), an interactive training facility in its New Brunswick location for physicians, medical students and residents, nurses and other healthcare professionals, and first responders. The hospital also will dedicate two newly renovated operating rooms, and an expanded emergency department. The Most Rev. James F. Checcio, Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, will preside at the official ceremony, on February 27 at 4 p.m. inside the facility at 254 Easton Ave.

“Simulation has emerged as an essential component of medical education and assessment, at all levels,” said Nayan Kothari, MD, MACP, FRCP (Edin), FACR, chief academic officer and chair, Department of Medicine, Saint Peter’s University Hospital. “With the availability of modern technologies, we can simulate realistic and complex scenarios to boost skills and confidence with no danger to an actual patient.”
SCIL will be made up of three parts:

-The Institute for Bedside Medicine (IBM) teaches medical interviewing as a core clinical skill as well as the Objective Structured Clinical Examination. IBM offers a practical assessment of clinical examination, where real patients with real physical findings are used.
-The Institute for Technical Simulation (ITS) will use state-of-the-art equipment to teach and evaluate skills. All sessions can be viewed, recorded and replayed for learning purposes.
-A Medical Library for Healthcare Providers and Patients will feature a reference room with authenticated information about illnesses and procedures. Access to quality health information can improve patient outcomes with reduced hospital costs and length of stay, or -changes in diagnosis and clinical decision making.

“Attending physicians will be able to use the center for hands-on training and practice, maintenance of certifications, and to hone their skills in dealing with complex and new procedures,” said James Spaulding BSN, RN, CCRN, Sim Lab Coordinator, Saint Peter’s University Hospital. “The Lab also can be structured to meet the educational needs of all healthcare staff, including medical students, residents, attending physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, pharmacists, social workers, and others. Working together, these multidisciplinary scenarios will foster improved communication among all members of the healthcare team.”
Initial areas to be featured at the Institute for Technical Simulation include:

-Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support with mock codes (e.g. cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, acute stroke, etc.)
-Difficult clinical scenarios (e.g. determining the cause of shock and stabilizing the patient)
-Managing GI bleeding
-Procedural training: IV insertion, arterial/venous draw, central line placement, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, intubation, chest tube placement, joint aspiration, and intra articular injections
-Airway management: airway maneuvers, oxygenation/airway adjuncts, bag valve mask technique
-Ventilator education
-Ultrasound in the management of critically ill patients in the ICU and ED

The Sim Center at Saint Peter’s is open to any community partner that might benefit from instruction.
For more information, contact James Spaulding at (732) 745-8600, ext., 5185 or

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