At the Center for Safety, Simulation and Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT), we host medical simulation sessions taught by faculty from the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology.
In some of these sessions, anesthesiology residents and fellows, as well as other medical students, can practice basic skills using the center’s simulation equipment, which includes a Virtual Anesthesia Machine and several patient simulators.
CSSALT is part of the Simulation Education Network (SEN). SEN is a network of American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)-endorsed simulation programs held in centers across the country to deliver training to anesthesiologists and other medical personnel. Courses are designed to realistically recreate challenging clinical cases to allow participants to problem‐solve in a manner that is similar to actual clinical experience.
The center also offers Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesia (MOCA) simulation sessions. MOCA allows participants to demonstrate ongoing competency with advances in the field of medicine throughout their careers. Today, the University of Florida is one of only about fifty locations that offer a MOCA simulation course.
Simulation activities, including research and development and teaching, are conducted in the simulation lab, a state of the art 2,000 square foot simulation lab with 3 mannequin patient simulators, while engineering development activities are conducted in a nearby 1,000 square foot lab.
The simulation lab is equipped with video debriefing software (Studiocode), the latest web authoring software (including Adobe Director 11.5) and fast Internet access (wired and wireless).
Arrays of IR cameras (Optitrak) are installed in the ceiling of the simulation lab and the engineering lab for mixed-reality applications.
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