How to Create a Clinical Data Station for Use in a High Fidelity Medical Simulation Lab

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Introduction:Many advances have been made in the capabilities of high-fidelity medical simulators such that they have become increasingly more life-like. To create a more life-like experience, it is important to incorporate into the simulation environment as many features found in the real life setting as possible. One of these features is the delivery of diagnostic information.Methods:We have assembled a very cost-effective data station that allows for the real-time delivery of laboratory values, electrocardiograms, and radiologic studies in a manner which is most similar to that which exists in real Emergency Departments.Results:This data station allows for a more realistic simulated patient encounter. It helps participants hone skills involved in radiographic interpretation using an interface found in the hospital. It also facilitates smooth flow of events by streamlining the delivery of laboratory and electrocardiographic data.Conclusions:Utilizing this data station has allowed us to increase the efficiency of our scenarios, improve participant satisfaction, and offer some additional practice at interpreting data as it would be viewed in the hospital.

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