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SRM STRATUS CENTRE FOR MEDICAL SIMULATION

The SRM/STRATUS Centre for Medical Simulation is a highly advanced educational centre which utilises state-of-the-art technology including computer controlled patient simulation system and individualised task trainers; taking medical education to the next level. It is situated in the SRM Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, SRM Nagar, Kattankulathur campus, SRM University.

In collaboration with the Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; a Harvard teaching institution and education centre, the SRM/STRATUS Centre for Medical Simulation at SRM University Teaching Hospital is providing clinicians of every discipline and level of training to select population groups, the opportunity to improve their skills by experiencing reality-based patient care presentations in a range of simulated environments.

Inaugurated on January 3, 2011, by Hon’ble Union minister for Human Resources Shreemathi Purendareshwari, this Center is just a year old and is the largest Simulation center in South East Asia, with an area of 14000 sq ft. In the last one year, we have conducted different life saving courses, targeted at a multi spectrum audience, including Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Medical students, CRRIs, Dentists and Fire personnel. A total of 1599 students have been trained in the Center in the last one year.

SRM/Stratus Center for Medical simulation, in the last one year, has helped in achieving the following noble objectives of the University. SRM/Stratus, humbly places the following fragrant flowers for your vision:

Laurel 1 : By making courses free to all MBBS students and implementing this with rigor, this is the first time in India, that MBBS graduates, who are graduating in March 2012, after successful completion of the respective courses, will possess Course certificates on BLS, ACLS, Basic Airway, Clinical Toxicology and Basic Laparoscopy.

Laurel 2: As per NABH accreditation, all the 410 nurses who are employed in different Departments in SRM hospital and Dental Hospital have successfully completed and cleared the BLS Course and examination

Laurel 3: It has been estimated that 80% to 90 % of death occurs in the Community and not in the Hospital. When such is the case, Resuscitation should be started by bystanders in a Cardiac arrest, even before an ambulance arrives, to achieve the outcome rate of 15%, claimed by the AHA (American Heart Association). In this connection , since 1970,l AHA & ERC ( European Resuscitation Committee) and other critical care organisations around the world have given BLS training to more than 60 Million People, many of whom are Non Medical People including Fire Service, Housewives etc. Understanding responsibilities of the medical community to train the first responders, (Fire service, Home Guards, Police, Ambulance Personnel, Housewives etc) during a cardiac arrest in the community and thereby to contribute to keep an un broken chain of survival as recommended by the ISCCM, (Indian society critical care medicine) and the AHA (American heart association) our management has taken the first ever step of its kind in India in pre-hospital, when our esteemed chancellor announced, that 500 fire service people in Tamil Nadu (who are usually the first responders) in an accident or disaster would be provided, a one day BLS course, with skills training in rescue air way management. Following up upon this SRM initiative, 109 fire personnel, including officer categories have been trained in BLS, Rescue air way thus vindicating SRM’s moral contribution to the community around the University.

Laurel 4: Conducted Simulation based First Aid training to factory employees of AKILA CASTINGS, in Maraimalai Nagar, in the vicinity of SRM. About 20 employees took the course in CPR, rescue airway, first aid in trauma and poison.

Laurel 5: AFIH (Associate Fellow in Industrial health) is an Annual post graduate programme conducted by Central Government, DGFALI (Director General of factories Labor Institute) amd SRM School of Public Health is a facilitator. This Year, the AFIH Fellows, took up Simulation based, BLS, ACLS and Toxicology training in SRM/Stratus. This is the first time in India, that these vital life saving courses have been incorporated with their Fellowship training.

SIMULATION-BASED MEDICAL EDUCATION

Transfer of knowledge from teachers to learners traditionally occurs in one direction using blackboards, overhead projectors, and PowerPoint Presentations. Simulation-based medical education uses high-fidelity (computer control) manikins to simulate any scenario virtually and it facilitates active learning as the educational theorists rightly consider adults as “active learners.”


“Tell me, and I will forget

Show me, and I may remember

Involve me, and I will understand”

-CONFUCIUS, 450BC


Simulation-based medical education involves practical application of knowledge. It would kindle the grey cells while improving dexterity and knowledge. Simulation-based education has revolutionized learning; making it more engaging and fun.

Who may utilize the simulation centre?

The simulation centre provides opportunities for clinicians from all disciplines and at every level of training to learn, practice and become more expert at the management of patients, skills, and clinical scenarios. Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), and other programs like these will be offered at the SRM/STRATUS Centre for Medical Simulation. Patient safety, process improvement, technology utilization (including human factors research), and other related topics may also be addressed in the simulation centre using our state-of-the-art technology.

Other population groups involved in Pre Hospital health care including fire services, police, home guards, factory employees, house wives and also Lay people also can take up select courses provided by our simulation centre.