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POCATELLO — For the second time in a week, Idaho State University College of Technology has launched a new educational simulation lab.

The Healthcare Simulation Lab allows students to work in “realistic hospital and clinic environments so students can experience real-world healthcare environments,” according to a university press release.

“With the current shortage of clinical sites, simulation allows students to earn clinical hours using real clinical scenarios,” College of Technology nursing programs director Jennie Brumfield said in the release. “Using simulation provides our students with the opportunity to gain experiences they might not otherwise see in a hospital setting.”

The new laboratory was equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, all of which was funded by state grants.

Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad performs a blood draw on an IV arm simulator under the direction of an ISU medical assistant student. | Courtesy of ISU

Among the new equipment are emergency room simulators, several mannequins and intravenous arm simulators. These devices are used by students of several disciplines. The lab also includes two advanced 3D anatomy visualization systems, which display high-definition anatomical images for interactive life-size touchscreen training.

“The interdisciplinary approach is very important, especially in the clinical or hospital setting when health care providers from different disciplines work together to provide effective and efficient patient care,” said Henry Oh, executive director and president of the college of technology health professions department. Release.

ISU plans to make the Health Professions Simulation Lab available to ISU programs outside of the Health Professions Department, as well as to local high schools and area healthcare providers. .