we designed and built a hybrid simulation centre (the sim bay) - december 02, 2018

We have almost completed the build of our new Simulation Centre - The Sim Bay.
The Sim Bay is one of three simulation areas operated by the QEII Simulation Program, part of the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
It was built as a hybrid model that combines a high fidelity simulation (dry) lab and a cadaveric (wet) lab.

Below are some pictures and brief descriptions of the facility, including design ideas used in hoping to optimize the relatively small space and making it as functional as possible. Not seen below is our storage area, which is found beside the centre. You always hear about how you need more storage, and we fortunately have been given ample space, giving us the ability to keep our new facility clear of clutter.

There were many people involved with this project that all deserve recognition, but a few standouts are:
- The Sim Bay Coordinator and Sim Champion, Donna Warren.
She has worked tremendously hard this past year to make this project happen and be the success it has been.
- The QEII Foundation. Without their donor supported funding this project never would have come to fruition.
- Stantec design firm, for getting our ideas on paper
- Lindsay Contruction, for turning our paper plans into a beautiful space
- Carmelle d’Entremont, Dr. Brock Vair, Marilyn Girouard and the rest of the QEII Simulation Program family.

Don’t want to read the notes? Take the virtual tour here


The Entrance

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Overview:
The front entrance of the Sim Bay is located from inside the hospital. Learners entering here are greeted by a calming backlit Avonite wall with shelving to drop their bags and a coat rack to hang their jackets. From there they enter into the Debrief Room.

Design:
- large door giving us the space to move beds and equipment in and out
- brushed glass film on door except for branding to increase privacy
- closet for storage (not seen)
- dimmable lights


The Debrief Room

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Overview:
The Debrief Room is where instructors prebrief and debrief simulations or presentations are given.

Design:
- large conference table (including power, network and TV HDMI ports) and chairs to accommodate 14 people
- magnetic glass whiteboard wall for notes
- window wall between the debrief and simulation room with a one-way film so learners can watch simulations they are not participating in, but cant been seen or distract simulation participants.
- ceiling speakers controlled to play either audio from the TV (presentations/debriefing video) or the simulation room (live feed)
- water bottle fill station
- 90 inch TV and laptop for presentations and live streaming/playback of simulations
- two credenza built-in refrigerators for food/drinks
- large door giving us the space to move beds and equipment in and out
- lots of electrical plugs
- dimmable lights


The Simulation Lab

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Overview:
The Simulation Room is where learners preform simulations with our advanced patient simulator (SimMan 3G).
The room will be set up to have all the equipment they need for their simulation to be successful.

Design:
- working head-wall with gases and suction
- two monitors, one for vital signs and the other for various images (xray, ultrasound, labs, etc.)
- three overhead cameras and ceiling mic to stream/record simulations (B-Line Medical)
- telephone to call (the control room) for assistance
- designated fluids/drug area
- sealed off room to assist with noise control
- sink
- door to outside used for deliveries / staff (brushed glass film on door except for branding to increase privacy)
- stairs to the elevated control room
- lots of electrical plugs
- dimmable lights


The Control Room

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Overview:
The Control Room is where the technician and educators go to run and observe a simulation.

Design:
- built two feet above ground for better viewing of the simulation lab
- three overhead TV’s that live feed the three cameras in the simulation lab
- desk space for multiple computers - vital signs / camera recording / patient simulator operations / images (xray, ultrasound, labs, etc)
- bench seating with storage
- telephone to receive or call into simulation lab
- joystick to control camera views
- wall mounted speakers to hear simulation lab
- controllable microphone to speak into the simulation lab overhead speakers (voice of god) or to earpieces on planted actors (Listen Technologies)
- microphone to speak into wireless speaker under the bed (patient voice)
- blackout blinds for outside windows
- one-way glass to see into simulation lab but cant been seen or distract simulation participants
- dimmable lights


The Cadaver Lab

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Overview:
The Cadaveric Lab is where the educators can teach surgical skills in a simulated operating room. We are lucky enough to have access to Dalhousie Universitie’s Clinical Cadaver Program.

Design:
- stainless steel walls
- overhead OR lights
- two body cadaver fridge (Mortech Manufacturing)
- surgical instrument washer/disinfector (Steris Healthcare)
- scrub sink
- two working head-walls with gases and suction
- closet with mop sink / storage (not shown)
- lots of electrical plugs
- dimmable lights

If you didn’t check out the virtual tour earlier - go have a look