Media Invitation - New medical simulation centre to help health care professionals hone their skills

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - To mark Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada,
Centennial College is cutting the ribbon to its new Interprofessional
Simulation Centre at the Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre tomorrow
with the help of OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino.
    The college's new lab provides for "high fidelity" simulations where
health care students and professionals alike can practice their clinical
skills using sophisticated mannequins that can present numerous symptoms to
challenge students' knowledge and decision-making skills.
    The high-tech campus, home to Centennial's School of Community and Health
Studies, has built a reputation for its realistic mock disaster exercises
involving more than 800 physicians, nurses, paramedics, police and fire staff
from Toronto-area hospitals and related emergency services. Adding a
simulation lab became the next logical step.
    "Students will be increasing their clinical and decision-making skills in
real-life simulations while building their collaborative skills in an
interprofessional environment," says Ellen Bull, chair of health and wellness
studies at Centennial. "Students can learn from each other's experience and
enhance the safety of real patients. Simulation is becoming an integral part
of all health-care training."
    The $850,000 lab was funded through a special grant from the Ontario
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. It contains 10 high-fidelity mannequins
- including a complete "family" - and eight mid-fidelity units linked to a
central control room. A second lab contains an ambulance cube body, supplied
by Demers Ambulances, where paramedic students can practice their in-transit
skills in a realistic environment that is monitored for video playback.

    Members of the media are invited to tour the facility and speak with

    Date:      Thursday, May 8
    Time:      8 am to 9 am
    Location:  Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre, second floor
               755 Morningside Ave. at Ellesmere (just south of Hwy 401),
               Scarborough ON

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications
Officer, Centennial College, (416) 289-5000, ext. 7142 or (416) 605-6012,

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