“The training goal is to be able to use ultrasound to categorize the patients” specifies Dr. Mirek. “We have a patient who has a symptom that resembles Covid-19, the ultrasound allows us to do the triage: normal lung ultrasound, a mild patient with some symptoms; abnormal lung ultrasound, patient with severe course of disease ”, to determine if the patient requires a transfer to a conventional service or to intensive care unit.”
“Once we learn the typical findings on the simulator, we can reproduce it on an actual COVID-19 patient” explains the trainer. Since April 13, 2020, dozens of physicians have been trained on the simulator. “The objective is therefore to train anesthetists, emergency physicians and general practitioners.”.
“The advantage of ultrasound is to be non-invasive, atraumatic, non-radiating. It can be done at the patient’s bedside, in the emergency room or even at home, ” said Dr Mirek.
“We were required to open COVID-19 departments in all hospitals in Israel. We understood that we needed a different tool to perform an assessment. I gathered teams from different specialties: pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, internists, rheumatologists and even gastroenterologists that attended the training…..
Practicing on the simulator was great, it was very tangible, and we learned what we were supposed to see and how to identify it….We feel more confident and ready for the patients that we are going to meet. Therefore, we were extremely satisfied by this training. I think it is very important. This was supported by the very good feedback that was shared by my team.”
“We have used the U/S Mentor extensively, and I recommend it very strongly to train fellows in cardiology and cardiac anesthesiology to improve their TEE skills and practice performing comprehensive TEE procedures. The training modules allow for incremental levels of comfort and expertise in being able to acquire the optimal images for accurate diagnosis. This simulator can also be used during CME courses under the guidance of an expert, to assess skill levels and suggest interventions to improve the quality and timeliness of performing comprehensive examinations.”
“I am very pleased with the Simbionix U/S Mentor and find it integral in my teaching. I purchased the cardiac package to overcome a major gap that students have from knowing little to nothing about adult echocardiography to learning and understanding the anatomy of the heart. My high expectations for its implementation were exceeded as my students independently take extra time to use the simulator.”