Dr. David Birnbach in a simulation operating
room used to teach how to react to
emergencies. at the UM/JMH Center
for Patient Safety. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/MCT)
McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
MIAMI — The patient's on the operating room table. His upper body is punctured with stab wounds. He's kept alive via snaking tubes infiltrating the gashes.
The lights go out. Power failure. The ventilator, inoperable. The doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists are in the dark; a senior surgeon barks orders.
Thankfully, the victim is a "model patient." A mannequin.