EMS "Sim Lab Wars" Challenge to be held at SIUH

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Staten Island University Hospital kicks-off EMS Week with life-saving challenge for local ambulance providers

It’s not whether you win or lose…but how you save lives!

Staten Island, NY  - Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) –    member North Shore-LIJ Health System    will be hosting its first annual “Sim Lab Wars” a test of skills between local Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers putting their skills to the test in their life-saving abilities.

A first of its kind event, Sim Wars will challenge participants in various     ever-changing     first response scenarios initiated by simulation lab controllers in basic and advanced life support techniques highlighting the tenets of EMS: teamwork, preparation, and reaction to the unexpected. 

This exercise will be held in the hospital’s Simulation Lab, located in the  Regina M. McGinn, MD Education Center. The simulation lab makes use of remote-controlled mannequins that respond in ways that real patients do.

The lab affords the clinicians the opportunity to practice life-support scenarios, new procedures, and new techniques. This lets clinicians identify areas for improvement without any risk to actual patients.

Medical centers around the country have been adopting this practice by taking a page from the airline industries safety playbook. During the 1990s, airlines adopted the use of simulators in pilot training which greatly increased safety while reducing the amount of resources used during actual flight training. 

EMS competitors include: FDNY, North Shore-LIJ Health System, SIUH, Richmond University Medical Center, and many other local companies. 

“The best part of this competition – there are no losers,” said Paul Barbara, assistant medial director for EMS, SIUH. “Any chance we have to learn from one another, to our hone skill sets, critique methods…not only do the EMS technicians win, but the people we care for as well,” said Barbara. 

About North Shore-LIJ Health System
The nation's second-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 15 hospitals, long-term care facilities and more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house about 5,467 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,000 physicians. Its workforce of about 43,000 is the largest on Long Island and the ninth-largest in New York City.  For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com  .

May 18, 2012
11:00 a.m.

Staten Island University Hospital
Regina M. McGinn Education Center
Simulation Lab
475 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305

Christian Preston
Public Relations Manager
Staten Island University Hospital
360 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 226-2489

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