The following article reviews the experience of using human simulators for medical education at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. The intent of the authors is to provide the reader with an overview of 1) what human simulators can do, 2) the components of a simulation training facility, 3) some of the economic considerations in operating a simulation training facility, and 4) how this centre is made use of.
In the domain of medical education of both the general public and healthcare professionals, the next decade will present both challenges and opportunities centred on training issues and technologies. Since the introduction of external cardiopulmonary resuscitation in 1960 through to the establishment of International Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care with associated extensive efforts in public training of these skills, the numbers of lives saved have remained suboptimal.
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