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Health Innovation center shows off new simulation lab

July 13, 2018

Dr. Brett Kendon, assistant director for the nurse anesthesia program, showed off the latest technology at Northern Kentucky University’s newest building — the Health Innovation Center which is opening later in the fall.

Tim Mcintyre, one of the students at NKU who was using the simulation technology, talked about how he has greatly improved with the hands-on experience of working on dummies instead of reading it in a textbook.

“Simulation really helps us feel less anxious about trying new skills in the war room. We get to try them here first, get our skills down, our hand positioning and work with the tools before we test on patients,”  Mcintyre said.

Kendon also said that a lot of the simulations are very specialized toward that specific student, making this a very hard course.
“The medical hardware is incredibly advanced, capable of emulating cardiac arrest, heart attacks among other conditions,” Jeff Arlinghaus, a nurse anesthesiologist, said.

There were two types of simulation shown. One was a full body simulation where the NKU students have to perform mock procedures with random events such as cardiac arrest and other irregularities that can’t be done with previous dummies.

The second one is a virtual reality representation of random diseases,which the student has to navigate the dummy’s internal organs to find the source of find those diseases.

Kendon, who was teaching students at the Health Innovation Center and guiding them through different medical procedures, talked about how the simulation is targeted toward a specific students’ interest and how that changes how each simulation acts towards that certain student.

“Depending on their didactic or their learning at that point is what we’re matching with the simulation at that point,” Kendon said.

That data is translated based on the students skill level in that area. Since there are hundreds of possible scenarios, there are lots of stages to go through for the NKU students taking the class.

Kendon also talked about how the simulations are improving students’ learning ability.

“Students say that they learn more in an hour in simulation then they do in a potentially full day of clinical,” he said.

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