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Norwalk Community College Simulation Center Gains Provisional Accreditation

Cathleen Caulfield, simulation coordinator at the center, recently accepted the recognition for accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Cathleen Caulfield, simulation coordinator at the center, recently accepted the recognition for accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Photo Credit: contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Simulation Center for the Norwalk Community College Division of Nursing and Allied Health was recently granted provisional program accreditation in teaching/education by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

The NCC facility, which specializes in experiential learning using simulation modalities, is one of only two in Connecticut to be accredited. The other is Yale New Haven Health System, which has full program accreditation in teaching/education.

The NCC Simulation Center needs to demonstrate outcomes to SSH within two years and will then be granted full accreditation. The NCC Simulation Center's main laboratory which features six patient bays and two control rooms, has manikins that closely mimic human functions, people who act as patients, and healthcare equipment to educate students through scenarios or skits that replicate real situations they would encounter in their roles as healthcare clinicians.

Other simulation techniques are also used. Cathleen Caulfield, the center's simulation coordinator, is currently one of only eight Certified Healthcare Simulation Educators in the state. Caulfield accepted the recognition for accreditation from SSH at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare in San Diego, the leading multidisciplinary conference in the industry, in mid-January.

SSH seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation. The organization promotes the improvement of simulation-based modalities such as human patient simulators, virtual reality, standardized patients and task trainers. SSH publishes "Simulation in Healthcare," the leading multidisciplinary publication addressing applications and research in healthcare simulation technology.

For more information, contact Caulfield at ccaulfield@ncc.commnet.edu.

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