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Simulation in Cardiovascular Perfusion: A New Dimension in Perfusion Education

The perfusion profession has a small number of practitioners, but because of the risks involved, the need for standardization and competency assessment is critical to reduce medical errors.  The new Orpheus perfusion simulator in the College of Health Professions, functions as a complete patient substitute for the training of perfusionists in the use of heart-lung machines and other related equipment that is essential to conduct cardiopulmonary bypass procedures, such as open heart surgery.
The simulation operating room in the College of Health Professions uses three devices to provide a high fidelity comprehensive analysis of perfusion safety training.

  1. The Orpheus perfusion simulator is a computer driven simulation integrated with the mechanical connections of the heart-lung machine to allow for real time operative procedures and perfusion incidents.
  2. The EDAC microemboli detection system is used to monitor micremboli within the bypass circuit and can be used to train the perfusionists to reduce the number of embolic events during the bypass procedure. This is especially important in the elderly and neonate population.
  3. The PDS data acquisition system is an electronic medical record and collects data during the bypass procedure. It is used for quality control and patient record documentation. This is available for review during the simulation debriefing.

This comprehensive approach to simulation training is unique, provides the highest level of simulation training, and places MUSC in the forefront of perfusion education.
For more information regarding the simulator, contact Joseph J. Sistino MS MPA CCP, Division of Cardiovascular Perfusion, College of Health Professions.   




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