VA Portland Health Care System
New Simulation Training Center Opens
On January 9, 2019, Portland VA Health Care System opened a new location for the Simulation Training Program (STP) located on the second floor of building 101 at the Portland VA Medical Center. The event included a ribbon cutting and open house.
The simulation training center showcases over 1000 square feet, featuring an outpatient room, inpatient room, observation room, simulation briefing and training room, as well as a CPR voice-assisted mannequin station.
“We’re excited about providing a state-of-the art, interdisciplinary training modality for our doctors, nurses, and staff across multiple specialties,” said Catherine Crespo, Nurse Educator at Portland VA Health Care System. “This new space gives us a dedicated, psychologically-safe place to hone skills and teach effective communication and critical decision-making.”
The rooms are set up like Portland VA Health Care System’s patient care areas and the mannequins can simulate conditions such as COPD, cardiac arrest, sepsis, stroke and a heart attack.
“We also have task trainers that assist staff with learning about any area of the body so that they can do skills training,” said Crespo.
The open house was held on January 9 and 10 for any staff member to visit, learn about the center, and check out the equipment available.
“These rooms provide maximal flexibility to accommodate virtually any discipline – whether that’s critical care, primary care, operative care or nursing,” said Darwin Goodspeed, Director of VA Portland Health Care System. “The dedicated simulation training area is part of our commitment to honoring and providing our Veterans with exceptional care.”