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New Pediatric Simulation Center Opens at Children’s Hospital To Offer Physicians/Nurses Cutting-Edge, High-Tech Training


Melinda Fiedor Hamilton, MD
Department of Critical Care Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Director, Pediatric Simulation
Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER)
The Simulation Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Children’s Hospital will open its state-of-the-art Pediatric Simulation Center, which will help provide physicians, nurses and other medical staff with vital training using simulators.

The center will feature “Katie,” one of only two models of highly sophisticated pediatric simulators in the world. “Katie”, or SimBaby, is manufactured by Laerdal. Katie is designed to represent an infant 3–6 months old and can be used to test and train medical personnel on a number of life-threatening scenarios such as shock, cardiac arrest, airway difficulties, pneumonia and collapsed lungs. Those training on Katie can perform important procedures such as placing a breathing tube in her airway and an intravenous line to deliver medications. Children’s Pediatric Simulation Center also will feature SimMan ™, Laerdal and other partial task trainers.

Under the leadership of Dr. Hamilton, Children’s and WISER are at the forefront of the use of pediatric simulation technology in the training of medical personnel. At Children’s center, Dr. Hamilton will help direct and facilitate the design of educational courses that will train physicians, nurses and others in the management of specific pediatric situations.

“The benefit of simulation is that it allows us to design very specific, complex situations that the physicians and nurses could encounter in our intensive care units or other areas throughout the hospital,” Dr. Hamilton said. “It gives them invaluable experience in a very lifelike situation but also affords them room for error and repetition.”

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
3705 Fifth Ave.

Editor’s Note:  Media interested in covering this event and photo opportunity should meet in the hospital’s main lobby to be escorted to the center.



Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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