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Precautions and Advisories

Security 

The CLRC relies on facility security and parking to provide information and instructions to visitors and vendors on parking and building regulations. Security personnel are located near the entrance to the HPEB building.

Security contact information is online at https://www.tamhsc.edu/security/.

Parking contact information is online at https://www.tamhsc.edu/parking/.  

Safety and courtesy guidelines

All items in the CLRC are for use on manikins in simulated clinical environments. Do not use any equipment, medications or supplies on humans except as part of a training exercise. Practice is restricted to manikins and simulation activities only.

The CLRC does not permit food or drinks inside the CLRC without special permission of the assistant director. Fluids and organic matter can easily cause damage to the expensive equipment used in clinical simulations.

The CLRC handles hazardous waste according to the guidelines of the TAMHSC Department of Environmental Health and Safety. You may locate individual environmental health and safety manuals online at https://www.tamhsc.edu/ehsm/manual/index.html.

The CLRC provides safety training for all incoming students that may utilize the CLRC clinical simulation laboratories. CLRC laboratory safety training is available online. All students must complete CLRC laboratory safety training prior to their first visit to the CLRC. Each college provides access to the CLRC laboratory safety training to their students and records each student’s completion of CLRC laboratory safety training.


Latex allergy 

Latex products are common in the medical environment. Responses to latex can range from latex sensitivity, presenting as irritation and contact dermatitis, to the possibility of life threatening allergic reaction, presenting as anaphylactic shock. The CLRC has established guidelines to provide information to students and staff who are sensitive to latex. 

 Latex free environments are seldom available in either clinical or academic settings. Therefore, an individual with a latex allergy or sensitivity wearing alternative vinyl or nitrile gloves is still exposed to latex residue of others working in the area or to latex present in the equipment, models and mannequins. Although latex gloves are the most prominent source of latex allergen, many other products contain latex including, but not limited to: 

  • Blood pressure cuffs, medication vials, syringe connectors, and wound drains
  • Stethoscopes, catheters, respirators, and goggles
  • Oral and nasal airways, surgical masks, electrode pads
  • Endotracheal tubes, syringes, IV tubing, and tourniquets

 Any person who has or develops symptoms consistent with latex allergy/sensitivity is advised to consult a qualified allergist for evaluation. All such evaluations are at the individual's expense. If it is determined that an individual suffers from a latex sensitivity or allergy and the individual desires an academic adjustment, including auxiliary aids or service, or reasonable accommodation due to this condition, the individual must contact TAMU Office of Disability Services at (979) 845-1637. 

 As with all matters related to one's health, the utmost precautions should be taken by the individual to reduce the risk of exposure and allergic reactions. This may include the carrying of an epi-pen by the individual or other precautions as advised by the individual's health care provider. It is the responsibility of the individual with a latex sensitivity to understand and acknowledge the risks associated with continued exposure to latex during a clinical education and healthcare career, even when reasonable accommodations are made and to regularly consult with his/her health care provider. 

 In an effort to minimize the presence of latex in the CLRC, latex-free and powder-free gloves will be provided. Additionally, the CLRC is taking the following steps to minimize latex in the simulation laboratory environment: 

  • Providing nitrile or vinyl gloves to all faculty and students for use in the CLRC.
  • Purchasing of latex-safe supplies and equipment whenever possible.

 This procedure is intended as a guideline to assist in the consistent application of safety procedures for all students. The facility reserves the right to modify this procedure in whole or in part, at any time, at its sole discretion.

Video recording  

Many areas within the CLRC are observed and recorded with audio and video equipment. Every person entering the CLRC is subject to observation and recording by audio and video equipment. The CLRC maintains posted warning signs at all entrances to the CLRC advising of the potential of observation and recording occurring within the CLRC. The CLRC advises you to conduct yourself as if you are being observed and recorded while in the CLRC.

Video distribution 

Video recordings of activities within the CLRC are available for viewing online by faculty and students. The faculty or instructor for the activity will direct CLRC staff to grant permissions to view videos on a case-by-case basis.

Video archiving 

CLRC staff maintain student video and documentation records in electronic format. These recorded audio/video encounters with manikins and standardized patient actors provide formative and summative evaluation of student performances during clinical simulations. The CLRC manages student records according to the Texas A&M University System Agency Records Retention Schedule, Item No. 01.401.10 (Completed Class Tests and Examinations, Students’ Course Papers).

Last edited by: bholland 07/05/2017