With budget cuts commonplace for many hospitals and EMS agencies, finding a training tool that’s cost effective is imperative. And if that training tool also happens to offer more bells and whistles than comparable, higher priced products, all the better.
“We decided to use the SMART (Scenario-based Medically Advanced Resuscitation Trainer) STAT (patient simulator) due to the significant cost savings compared to other high fidelity simulators,” says Nurse Clinician Jennifer McDermitt, RN, BSN, Department of Nursing Education and Professional Development at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, MI. “It has a lot of the same features as other higher priced simulators, such as cardiac rhythms, lung function, CPR, urinary catheterization, etc. It also has many features that the higher cost simulators just don’t have, such as cyanosis, tearing eyes, runny nose and foaming mouth.”
McDermitt acknowledges additional advantages, including that its wireless, battery operated (with the option to connect to an outside power source) and self-contained. She adds that the simulator is heavy, so her hospital uses a stretcher to transport the device, and while its condition can improve, remain stable or deteriorate depending on operator instructions, it does not automatically deteriorate based on interventions that a user does–or doesn’t–perform.
The SMART STAT, from Simulaids, is also user-friendly and efficient as a training tool, explains McDermitt. “We were up and running in little time. We also purchased the optional software scenarios that work great and have saved our education department tons of time.
“We use it within out facility for mock codes or other procedural type scenarios,” McDermitt continues. “I had a nurse from our Ortho unit state that they had a code and how smooth it went because they had just practiced code scenarios using the SMART STAT.”