HONOLULU -- Technological advancements have improved health care for years and the military Simulation (SIM) centers have strived to be at the forefront of that advance.
That is why Tripler Army Medical Center recently received an upgrade to its SIM center by moving into its new facilities. This move quadrupled the workable space for the SIM center and provided the opportunity to train more staff members and obtain new equipment they didn't have the space for prior to the move.
"We are very excited about the new space," said Phil Benson, TAMC medical simulation specialist. "The center is now capable of hosting multiple groups at once, which would never have been possible in the old space."
The goal of the SIM center is to support Continuing Medical Education and Graduate Medical Education (CME/GME), Nursing and Operational Medic simulation training at TAMC. The center provides all staff members the opportunity to train and hone their skills to improve patient safety, practitioner efficiency and competency in the clinic, hospital and operational environment.
"It's extremely fulfilling knowing the support and training we provide to the staff has a meaningful impact on Soldiers and their families," said Benson.
Although not the first SIM center in the Army, the TAMC SIM center is the only center to support nearly 4,000 staff members who are responsible for more than 260,000 beneficiaries throughout the Pacific.
Staff members from TAMC can practice for nearly any situation they may encounter including live birth and epidural administration, CPR and laparoscopic surgery to improve their skills.