MeritCare's interventional radiology staff will be using the simulator to enhance their skills on the placement of stents. Stents are structures that are placed in arteries to help support and keep them open. "For patients with blockages, these stents dramatically reduce the risk of stroke," said Dr. Corey Teigen, MeritCare interventional radiologist. The procedure requires only a small incision in the groin and is a life-saving option for patients who are not candidates for surgery.
The Training Unit, a 35-foot bus, offers medical staff the ability to go though all aspects of a "simulated" patient's case: from pre-procedure briefing to post-procedure evaluation, in a risk-free environment. The unit allows for case scenarios and the "patient" can even be programmed to have co-existing conditions - such as high blood pressure - that, just as in real-life cases, would need to be monitored. The unit enables physicians and staff to practice a procedure repeatedly in a short period of time, which helps them gain proficiency and skill so they are ready to help real patients.
- May is American stroke awareness month. For more information, please visit the American Heart Association's website at americanheart.org.
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