Topeka VA Simulation Lab Earns Certification

Topeka's Colmery-O'Neil Medical Center announces it has received National Certification from SimLearn, the Veteran Health Administration (VHA's) program for simulation in health care training.

Lab Coordinator Michelle Ralston says the facility was recognized for its quality space and programs and met the requirement that they write their own simulation scenarios

The facility has three settings: outpatient primary care, inpatient med-surg, and ER / ICU. Ralston says the space gives opportunity to practice on low-volume, high-risk skills, allowing staff to make mistakes without causing harm.

The Topeka VA Medical Center provides health care services to veterans in North Eastern Kansas and South Eastern Kansas. The 1,000 square foot lab opened in October of last year and Ralston says the space has been used every day.

The Center features a SimMan® 3G, VitalsBridge™, SimPad®, ALS manikins, HeartCode® BLS and ACLS, and an RQI station.

VHA's SimLEARN promotes best practices to improve healthcare for our nation's veterans. http://www.simlearn.va.gov/