Medical Simulation Brings High-Tech Training to Montana's Remote Clinics

Montana Public Radio (01/21/20) O'Brien, Edward

The nonprofit Simulation in Motion Montana (SIM-MT) provides medical simulation training to providers in rural clinics using three mobile labs serving Montana's western, central, and Hi-Line regions. SIM-MT project director Ben King says SIM-MT is the first such U.S.-based program to be accredited by the Society for Simulation Healthcare. Instructors use computerized mannequins programmed to simulate patients experiencing various emergencies such as trauma, medication reactions, and other situations. After each session, instructors debriefed trainees to discuss what worked and what did not. SIM-MT says the program has provided 300 training sessions so far, educating 5,400 Montana healthcare professionals.

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