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Obstetrics and gynecology physicians, residents, nurses and students make extensive use of STAR’s Labor and Delivery Room with Birthing Noelle and SimNewB mannikins to practice and test procedures and skills.
STAR’s Galaxy Wing, opened in the fall of 2011, simulates an entire hospital wing. Individual rooms can be used as patient rooms to simulate ‘a day in the life’ of physicians, medical students, nurses or other hospital staff. It can be used to reflect the patient/ family experience from admission to discharge.
Nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists eagerly awaited the September 2008 opening of STAR’s Neonatal Intensive Care Room and the arrival of Rudy, the premature baby mannikin. Rudy really ‘comes to life’ when it’s time to teach and test neonatal resuscitation skills. Caregivers practice the resuscitation protocol on Rudy until they’re perfect, ensuring optimal outcomes for the thousands of real babies cared for in West Penn Hospital’s Newborn Nurseries and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
STAR’s NICU also features a rocking chair, cuddly toys and appealing nursery decor, and by switching isolettes, it can be used to teach healthy newborn care.
The STAR Apartment is a four bedroom apartment consisting of a fully equipped kitchen, dining/living area, bedroom and bathroom with audio visual capabilities. This apartment focuses on meeting the learning needs of our outpatient staff using Standardized Patients and or Simulators.
STAR’s Intensive Care Unit often hosts mock ‘code’ – cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – training for teams of healthcare practitioners or students.
The STAR Center has a Conference Room with audiovisual capability for pre- and post-simulation conferences and class presentations.
The following rooms are available for clinical simulations:
- Ambulance Simulator
- Birthing Suite
- Medical-Surgical and Critical Care Simulation Lab
- Control Room
- 2 Full-Size Simulation Rooms
- Hand washing Station with simulated germs
- Nurses Station
- 5 Simulation Stations
- Teaching Station
- Neonatal Intensive Care Suite
The Voyager Wing
To meet the increasing requests for simulation based education, the STAR Center expanded to include a 5,000-square foot Voyager Wing. This multi-purpose flexible space allows the opportunity to offer a multiple variety of simulation activities. The additional space consists of an Operating Room Theater with adjoining control room, pre-operative/post-operative areas, large classroom, conference room, computer lab, clinical skills training room and pre-briefing/debriefing rooms. In addition, a Women's Health Suite equipped with labor and delivery room and a neonatal intensive care unit. This new area is equipped with state-of-the-art mannequins and technology to immerse learners in a high-fidelity learning environment to promote the delivery of safe, effective and quality healthcare.