By Frank Ryan, the Patrol Scribe (see pictures of the trip in our PICS pages...)
Today at the Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), we were on a guided tour to see the anatomy lab, the Pharmacy, the canteen, the robots in the basement, the simulation lab, and the orthopedic surgical floor.
At the Anatomy lab we practiced CPR on a manikin, and looked at a skull, a brain, and a heart. At the Pharmacy we found out that Rush has the largest tube system in the country to carry medicine to its patients, and that they have their own robot that puts medications for infusion into iv bags for each individual patient throughout the hospital. There was a huge canteen with lots of food options, but almost everyone went to the grill to eat. Then we went down to the basement to see the AGV robots (Automatic Guided Vehicles) -and in my opinion they were very cool. At the simulation lab we saw staging areas for disaster scenarios, and replication Operating Rooms, and intensive care areas where clinical staff in training can gain experience. One of the manikins cost $250,000 !! (thats a lot of burgers). We also saw surgeons simulating surgery with the DaVinci operating robot(video games pay off). Don't forget to thank Ms Jennifer Swanson, Dr Sean Ryan, who organized the trip, and assistance from Dr Diane Ryan and Mrs. Roberts. I really enjoyed it, and I hope you guys did too.