Initially, the simulation rooms utilized two small puck mics mounted on 12-foot-high ceilings. While these microphones successfully captured the area directly underneath, they failed to pick up the noise across the entire large room. Furthermore, the noisy chaotic scene led to unclear audio and slower response times from the control room, jeopardizing the accuracy of the medical situation and the quality of education.
Since updating to Yamaha’s RM-CG Ceiling Microphone and RM-CR Network Processor, operators and technical staff have noticed a significant improvement in the audio pick-up.
“The difference is night and day,” said Jason Tyler, Installation and Design Coordinator at NAIT. “Overall, it’s been fantastic in that room. The pick-up coverage is unreal.”
The simulation room technical staff installed the ceiling microphone in the middle of the room for optimal room coverage. As to be expected, installation efforts were minimal, and the mic’s functionality supported many of the current technology and processes already in place. For example, the RM-CG’s software agnosticism allowed for output from the center’s existing Biamp system, requiring minimal programming. The RM-CG’s dynamic beams also allow for a variety of room layouts. This flexibility is necessary, as the setup of the simulation room changes frequently, from a NICU unit to an operating room and anything in between. All technology is run from the control room, so the trainers and students can focus on the incredibly important medical tasks at hand.
“With this mic, you hear everybody as clearly as possible,” said Jason.
An initiative to update all simulation rooms with RM-CG ceiling microphones is currently in progress.