In 2007, the Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge was created by converting a modern, fully functioning hospital into a state-of-the-art teaching facility loaded with breakthrough technologies such as high fidelity interactive mannequins, fully-functioning patient care skill labs, and simulation rooms with digital recording capabilities. To facilitate teaching in the 21st century, classrooms are wired with built-in audiovisual technology, audience response system, and a host of leap-ahead instructional and simulation aids.
Study after study shows that the highest-quality healthcare results come from an interdisciplinary approach. The CEC encourages participation not just by physicians and nurses, but students and professionals engaged in public health, bio-engineering, informatics, social work, pharmacy, law, psychology and government. The unique interdisciplinary center is intended to preserve the healthcare safety net and prepare the next generation of health professionals. In addition to general instruction and development of interdisciplinary skills, initiatives focus on areas of community need that highlight different healthcare skills and perspectives, such as diabetes prevention and treatment, mental health and substance abuse, and medical errors and patient safety.
The Center features:
- Highly trained clinical and administrative staff
- Flexible instructional spaces equipped with multimedia technology
- High fidelity simulation labs complete with audiovisual equipment to support interdisciplinary team training
- Medium to high-fidelity Interactive Manikins that provide a safe error forgiving environment to practice interprofessional team approach to patient care
- Interactive mannequins that provide learners with a safe, error forgiving environment to practice interdisciplinary team approaches to patient care
- Debriefing rooms with complimentary audiovisual equipment to support the simulation labs
- Multiple Skills Labs for learners to practice skills and interventions in a real life hospital setting
- Computer labs and learning resource areas
- Medical Library with two full time Medical Librarians
- Convenient location in Downtown Austin
Medical & Surgical Simulation Labs:
- The Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge has eight operating rooms reimagined as Simulation Labs to support interprofessional training.
- The Simulation Labs are configured as a labor and delivery room, operating room/catherization lab and an emergency room/intensive care unit.
- Each room includes microphones and video cameras.
- During full-scale simulations, instructors observe and coordinate faculty and medical actors through wireless intercoms, as well as modify the simulation in progress and provide a voice for the patient (through a speaker in the manikin).
- The Skills Labs provide opportunities to practice patient care in a simulated hospital setting.
- Learners develop skill proficiency and improve critical decision making through skill and scenario-based learning.
- Patient Lift equipment and active head wall units complete the realistic feel of the Skills Lab environment.
- To expand and enhance medical education
- Maintain a state-of-the-art simulation center
- Improve patient outcomes through collaborative education among all healthcare professionals using the facility
- Create a unique education environment and opportunity for all allied health professionals
- Increase enrollment in nursing programs and improve preparedness among graduate nurses
- Implement creative faculty models to support increased enrollment in nursing programs
- Implement long term solutions to address nursing faculty shortage
The Clinical Education Center is building a unique reputation as a one-of-a-kind facility for training, simulation, seminars, and national conferences as a result of the interdisciplinary focus, use of the latest medical technology and simulators, and the outstanding training environment. Leaders with Seton, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Austin Community College and Concordia University believe that the CEC will be able to take advantage of Central Texas’ diverse and nationally recognized academic assets, a growing and financially secure hospital network and an experienced and successful entrepreneurial and venture capital community.