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FAU Opens Second Disaster and Emergency Simulation Facility

BOCA RATON, FL (June 2, 2009) Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science recently celebrated the opening of its newest Disaster and Emergency Healthcare Training Facility, as part of the grand opening of the Palm Healthcare Pavilion on the grounds of St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach.

The training facility will use “responsive” human mannequins and other sophisticated technologies to improve patient care through the simulation of realistic scenarios that provide an opportunity for students and professionals to practice, prepare, and analyze every aspect of the chain of care and treatment.

“With the tremendous success of FAU’s first simulation center on the Boca Raton campus, the demand for another center in the northern part of the county became apparent,” said Mark Goldstein, director of the Disaster and Emergency Healthcare Training facilities.   “When the Palm Healthcare Foundation was working on the Pavilion concept and approached us with this initiative, we knew it would be the perfect venue in which to expand our services to the northern part of the county.”

By practicing on lifelike mannequins with realistic human responses, the center trains healthcare professionals to reduce preventable medical errors and enhance their expertise.   Participants in this “living classroom” learn to strengthen skills, reduce response time and improve quality of care. The simulation center will offer training in advanced cardiac life support, basic life support, pediatric life support and international trauma life support to fire-rescue, physicians and nurses from northern Palm Beach County and southern Martin County.   A unique feature of this center includes a remote viewing capability that allows attending physicians who are offsite to view simulation activities by residents in real time.

The newest Disaster and Emergency Healthcare Training Facility was funded by the Palm Healthcare Foundation and is one of four programs located in the new pavilion. The Palm Healthcare Pavilion brings together the most innovative healthcare practices and the brightest professionals to educate and empower children, families and caregivers to realize a healthier, greater life by offering state-of-the-art facilities, family-centered care and the nation’s most advanced healing practices.  

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,   the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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