Users test skills in Simulation Zone

SimulationZone2_ToddAndersonTwo new Scientific Sessions 2015 Science & Technology Hall learning areas — Body Interact and Mechanical Circulatory Support located in the new interactive Simulation Zone — gave attendees the opportunity to test their cardiac knowledge, skills and critical thinking.

The innovative, life-like cloud platform format of Body Interact gave users a range of acute and chronic cardiac case study scenarios via a virtual patient. The realistic experiences revealed dynamic monitoring, dialoguing, test orders, scans, drugs, intervention options and performance debriefings. Medical case scenarios presented on the immersive 3D touchscreen were problem-based in such areas as stroke, atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

The Mechanical Circulatory Support simulation gave users the means to assess their skills in various scenarios on a total artificial heart mock circulatory loop, paired with both axial and centrifugal continuous flow devices. Scenarios tested included inadequate preload/afterload conditions, right heart failure and device obstruction.

AHA would like to thank the following volunteers for their time and efforts in the planning of this activity:

  • Jennifer Cook, MD, Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, Banner University Medical Center Tucson
  • Robb Kociol, MD, Director, Advanced Heart Failure, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
  • Susan Joseph, MD, Cardiologist, Advanced Heart Failure Clinic, Baylor University Medical Center
  • Navin Kapur, MD, Assistant Director, Inverventional Cardiology Center, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Richard Smith, Technical Director, Artifical Heart Program, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
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