In September, Portugal’s third simulation lab to integrate high-fidelity simulators opened in Madeira. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and Africa, Madeira is a Portuguese Island that has invested greatly in its regional health system. The Madeira Clinical Simulation Center will focus on “train the trainer” activities for trauma and disaster management, emergency medicine, critical care, anesthesia and obstetric and pediatric emergencies.
Dr. Alberto João Jardim, president of the regional government, led the center’s official opening ceremony and tour on September 4. The Madeira Clinical Simulation Center aims to become a distinguished national and international training center with a mission to advance patient safety for disaster and trauma victims, deliver medical education in collaboration with Madeira University and improve the performance of professional healthcare teams.
Located within Nélio de Mendonça Hospital, the center has four simulation rooms, two debriefing rooms, and is fully equipped with CAE Healthcare simulators, including an HPS, two iStans, two METIman, a PediaSIM, a BabySIM, a ProMIS surgical simulator and the LearningSpace center management system. The medical director, Dr. Pedro Ramos, is a senior general surgeon and director of the hospital’s Emergency Department. MEDSIMLAB, a full-service medical simulation company based in Portugal, will help to implement the training program over the next two years.