LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Westerfield added that Noelle is a multi-function simulator that can be programmed to deal with other emergencies. She has interchangeable abdomens that range from pregnancy to normal and allows students to practice cardiac and respiratory distress techniques. She can also be programmed for medication recognition, i.e., be given the wrong medication and show symptoms for which staff and students can address.
“We can do IV and drug panels and even identify overdoses of (illicit) drugs,” Westerfield continued. “This is all about educating and recognizing emergency situations and knowing how to react before it is a real life-threatening situation.”
Cailen Wattenbarger, nurse educator, said, “We are greatly blessed as a facility. This ultimately puts Saint Joseph London at the top to improve patient safety and care and is a great asset to the community. We are the only hospital within 70 miles to have this simulator and it will help us to provide better care.”
Created by medical device company Gaumard, based in Miami, the simulator is the highest standard used in medical technology and in training. Noelle and Newborn Hal will be permanently placed in a training room where they will be used for training exercises.
Saint Joseph London is part of the Kentucky One Healthcare systems, which combined Jewish and Catholic facilities into one in 2012. The Saint Joseph London Foundation was formed to raise and administer funds to support the core mission of Saint Joseph, which is to provide a bridge between medicine and compassion. The Saint Joseph London Foundation is funded solely by donations and provides ways to help people in need.