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Simbab arrives at UHNBC, courtesy of RBC

Michael Lundin, (left) Coordinator, Northern Clinical Simulation Centres, Northern Health; Sean Kehler, Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, RBC Royal Bank; Colby Chiste, Clinical Simulation Technician, Northern Health; Selen Alpay, Board President, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation; Tim Carmack, Regional Vice President BC Interior and North, RBC Royal Bank. Spirit of the North Healthcare photo

The Simbaby training simulator has arrived at UHNBC.

This state of the art infant simulator will be used as part of the Northern Clinical Simulation lab training for healthcare professionals and was made possible through a grant to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation from the RBC Foundation. This simulator will allow a wide array of simulated pediatric situations to be replicated for teaching, analysis, and debriefing in a controlled and non-judgemental environment.

Equipment such as this is necessary in a teaching hospital such as UHNBC. In 2012, the Northern Clinical Simulation Program represented a collaboration between Northern Health, UNBC School of Nursing and the UBC Northern Medical Program. This equipment is all getting older and while still somewhat helpful, the breadth and reach of what could be done then and what the capabilities are today is astonishing. Today the program brings leading edge technology to northern BC to enrich the education and skills for clinical staff, physicians, and medical students in many disciplines. Clinical simulation combines state of the art robotic patient simulators with operating and debriefing technologies to enable a safe environment for learning and skills development.

“We are happy that our donors see the value in funding the replacement of old and antiquated equipment with new, state of the art educational tools.” said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, in a news release. “Working with RBC, the funding came in 2018 as part of their Community Impact grants. We are so pleased to see that the equipment has arrived and will make a difference for years to come. Hands on- educational tools, is an area that has been popular with donors and after funding the SimNewB at the Wine Lovers event last fall, this year’s event we will be reaching out to our generous donors to fund Sim Noelle, who is a birthing mom, which will have huge benefits for teaching of Obstetrics and Childbirth for many healthcare professionals. This event is scheduled for Friday, Sept 27 at the Coast Inn by APA.”

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