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High stress, no risk – QEII Sim Bay advances care training

QEII SIM Bay OpeningThe unveiling of a new simulated learning facility at the QEII Health Sciences Centre sets a national standard for training of health care teams.

The Sim Bay, located at the Halifax Infirmary, is the first hospital-based facility in Canada to use both mannequins and cadavers to provide realistic on-site simulations for a variety of medical situations, including surgeries and emergencies. The first simulation was performed Nov. 29 during the official opening of the facility, which is in a former ambulance bay near the Infirmary’s emergency department.

Dr. Brock Vair, co-director of the QEII simulation program, said the new facility will allow health care teams to refine their skills in a highly realistic environment and for procedures they may only rarely encounter.

“All of the technical skills that I acquired during my training as a surgeon were learned on live patients in a high-stakes environment, where patient safety was always a concern,” said Dr. Vair. “In Sim Bay, health care providers can slow the clock and practice potentially injurious skills in a safe learning environment – building stronger care teams and, ultimately, benefitting the patients they care for.”

At the $1.8-million facility, health care teams from all disciplines can train in scenarios ranging from cardiac life support to large-scale trauma and casualties. They can perform fully immersive medical simulations on cadavers and robotic mannequins that are so realistic they can blink and even shout during trauma procedures.

The bay is also equipped with multiple cameras to record procedures, a boardroom, a storage area for cadavers, and a control room that directs the mannequins on how to react. For a 360-degree virtual tour, visit:

The Sim Bay is funded through donations to the QEII Foundation.

Simulation equipment inventory now available

One of the SimEd Network's priorities is to help connect all simulation education experts with available resources, expertise and equipment. The Network is now pleased to share a new inventory of all the simulation education equipment available with our core partners: IWK, NSHA, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health. The inventory shows where each piece of equipment is located. 

To learn more about the equipment inventory or request equipment use, contact LindseyTwohig.

Simulation Equipment Inventory

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