Everyday People: Closing Gaps in Simulation, SG16USA Laerdal Medical Sponsored Plenary Address

09/07/2016

Laerdal Medical Sponsored Plenary Address

Everyday People: Closing Gaps in Simulation

Grace Gephart, Director, PULSE Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital

Grace Gephardt, MEd is the Director of the PULSE Simulation Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She joined the PULSE Center in 2007 as their Standardized Patient Educator and became the Director in 2013. In her tenure, she has been involved in creating and implementing numerous comprehensive simulation scenarios for multidisciplinary use, including the development and launching of a national training in patient/family communications for pediatric chaplains. In 2014, she was nominated for and received the ‘Outstanding SP Educator of the Year’ award from the Association of Standardized Patient Educators and currently serves as President on the organization’s Board of Directors. Grace is also a member of SSH, SESAM and SimGHOSTS.

 

About Laerdal Medical

The Laerdal Corporation employs 1,400 people in more than 20 countries and has further international representation through a network of over 50 distributors. All employees are committed to the company ethos of ‘helping save lives’ through the ongoing research, development and supply of innovative products to improve patient outcomes. The Laerdal Foundation based at Stavanger, Norway was established in 1980 to provide financial support to practically orientated research and development in acute medicine. Together with a sister foundation in the US, since 2004, the Laerdal Foundation has supported about 1,500 heart function, brain function, circulation/shock, breathing function, CPR and pre-hospital treatment in Europe and the US with funding in excess of $13m.

The Laerdal Company was established in 1940. During our first two decades, we created innovative toys and books for children. In 1958, the company started to dedicate itself to advancing the cause of resuscitation and emergency care. In 1960, the first patient simulator Resusci Anne manikin was introduced to the market. A new logo was needed to reflect our mission. Our founder, Åsmund S. Laerdal, chose the image of the Good Samaritan. It depicts the ancient tale of the traveller whose selfless compassion and care saved the life of a total stranger.This became our emblem and our inspiration. Today, Laerdal Medical is dedicated to helping save lives with product solutions, services, and system solutions that support the Chain of Survival. The Good Samaritan logo symbolizes our commitment to every health professional and volunteer who has learned how to save the life of a family member, friend, or stranger in need.The vision of Laerdal is that no-one should die or be disabled unnecessarily during birth or from sudden illness or trauma. Since its creation of the pioneering, and now world famous CPR practise manikin in 1960, the Resusci Anne; many more innovative products have followed to improve and support education for Healthcare Professionals around the world, as well as facilitate the spread of CPR knowledge and skills to the would be Samaritan in the wider lay community. Laerdal has developed break-through technologies that have helped to define its portfolio of simulation, micro-simulation, virtual reality, automated external defibrillators and emergency therapeutic products as reputable market leaders. Other well-known brands include SimMan,SimBaby, SimNewB, HeartStart, Q-CPR, Stifneck, the Pocket Mask and BaXstrap.

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