Simulation Zone offers hands-on learning

During AHA Scientific Sessions 2017, attendees were able to sharpen their skills via four hands-on demonstration areas in the Simulation Zone. Each of the areas focused on a different area of cardiac knowledge, skills and critical thinking.

The simulations offered were:

  • Body Interact. This screen-based 3-D immersive training platform virtualized acute and chronic medical conditions with a lifelike virtual patient. The simulation included dynamic monitoring, dialoguing, diagnostic tests, medications, imaging, intervention options and performance debriefing.
  • Cardiovascular Interventional Simulation. Multiple sessions focused on basic through advanced skills in the areas of coronary interventional, electrophysiology, valvular heart disease and peripheral artery disease. Attendees had the opportunity to practice a wide range of procedures under the guidance of expert clinicians, plus have hands-on experience using various interventional equipment such as guidewires, diagnostic catheters, transcatheter heart valves, pacing electrodes, balloons and stents.
  • Hemodynamic Simulation. This session (formerly the Mechanical Circulatory Support Simulation) featured a total artificial heart mock circulatory loop that provided a hands-on opportunity to model critical scenarios and observe hemodynamic consequences. Both adult and pediatric sessions were offered and included scenarios such as inadequate preload/afterload conditions, chronic heart failure and shock and device obstruction.
  • SimMan Vascular. New to the Simulation Zone for 2017, this activity incorporated a full team training environment from the onset of acute event through recovery. During this immersive simulation, attendees witnessed a variety of invasive skills while focusing on critical time management, decision-making and communication.