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Medical teams and community organizations can learn and practice medical skills in a safe, highly realistic environment with the opening of the Mayo Clinic J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

In the Weaver Simulation Center, medical teams can practice everything from basic skills to the most complicated scenarios with stunning realism, before patients ever need care.

“Through medical simulation, we can provide interactive, hands-on training that enhances the safety of our patients and staff,” says William C. Rupp, M.D., chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Florida. “Our community is so fortunate to have the Weavers, who care so deeply about advancing the health and well-being of all our residents.”

“We envision our facility as the premier simulation center in the Southeast,” says center Medical Director and urologist David Thiel, M.D. “The Florida center also can link with Mayo’s simulation centers in Minnesota and Arizona to function as one center, so we can share knowledge across our community, region and nation.”

When William Palmer, M.D., and his team of nurses and therapists at Mayo Clinic experienced four Code Blue cardiac arrest emergencies in one night, they knew exactly what to do, because they had practiced with simulation equipment on campus prior to the center’s opening. The team successfully administered nearly 15,000 chest compressions, three airway intubations, and 14 cardioversion (heart shock) treatments. Every patient survived.

“Simulation provides an environment where we can push ourselves in complicated cases and practice so we minimize risk for the patient,” Dr. Palmer says.

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