TECHS Celebrates Healthcare Simulation Week

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso recently hosted an open house to mark Healthcare Simulation Week, an international event honoring professionals who advocate for health care simulation in education, practice and research.

TECHS (Training and Educational Center for Healthcare Simulation) at TTUHSC El Paso welcomed members of the El Paso community on Saturday, Sept. 21, for an interactive tour of one of our university’s medical simulation centers. Adults and children were given medical-education demonstrations and received instruction in hands-only CPR as part of the free tour.

The simulation center is home to lifelike medical manikins used for realistic training. These high-tech devices simulate breathing, sweating, heart palpitations and more, allowing for ultra-realistic, hands-on medical interactions. Thanks to simulation training, our Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso doctors and TTUHSC El Paso students and residents are prepared to  provide high-quality care during critical incidents such as the Aug. 3 mass casualty event in El Paso.

“Being able to use manikins and simulation equipment is really one of the best ways of training for critical and unique scenarios,” said TECHS director Scott Crawford, M.D., a clinical instructor at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “We can design the simulation to fit an exact need, whether it’s to meet a need within the curriculum or to highlight very specific parts of patient management based on current research or any other activity that we’re trying to showcase.”

As part of Health Care Simulation Week, six teams (pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, nursing students, medical students, internal medicine and emergency medicine) participated in TTUHSC El Paso’s 2nd Annual Health Care Simulation Competition.

The top two teams this year were from the departments of internal medicine and emergency medicine, with emergency medicine winning by a margin of just one point out of 47 possible. The winning team’s name will be added to a simulation competition plaque to be displayed at TECHS.

“This was the closest competition to date, and all teams should feel proud of their performance,” Dr. Crawford said.

Check out a photo gallery of the TECHS open house on the TTUHSC El Paso Facebook page: