3 New Products to Amplify Your Simulations Through Medical Devices
As we all know, teaching through simulation can help you improve your learners’ skills retention, acquisition, and confidence. To increase these benefits, some organizations are using in situ simulation, meaning “on location”. By giving learners an opportunity to practice complex scenarios in their real clinical environment, in situ simulation creates even more learning-rich experiences. Learners are free to make mistakes in a risk-free environment so that they are prepared when they are faced with their first real patient.
In situ simulation can be extremely impactful on learners, but there are opportunities to amplify the realism. Depending on the unit, floor, or room, the most important and lifesaving equipment can be stored differently, operated differently, and require different training.
By integrating real medical equipment into your simulations, learners can begin to understand the variations among the equipment and discover how these might translate into putting a patient at risk. Here then are 3 new products offered through or in conjunction with Laerdal to improve simulation in situ medical device and simulated patient realism.
Three new products from that you can add to your equipment list to expand your simulations:
1. Managing a Ventilated Patient: The complexity of today’s ventilators and the various ventilation modes learners must understand can leave them at a disadvantage in their learning environment. By including real ventilators in an in situ simulation, your learners can gain additional hands-on practice and learn the intricacies involved with ventilating a patient. Laerdal Medical and IngMar Medical have developed the new ASL 5000 Lung Solution for the SimMan platform to help you seamlessly integrate any ventilator into your scenario. Compatible with SimMan 3G, SimMan Essential Bleeding, SimMan Essential, and SimMan 3G Trauma, you can conduct training with a spontaneously breathing patient supported on a ventilator. Equipped with this type of practice, your learners can develop the confidence and skill to manage a ventilated patient.
2. Monitoring a Patient’s Vital Signs: The first means to detect, diagnose, and treat a patient is to track the patient’s vital signs. Under life threatening conditions, continuous patient monitoring can save lives. However, not every patient monitor is the same. And, learners shouldn’t be left potentially confused when they see a different style monitor in a real patient emergency. It may seem like a small detail. But, it is one less detail a learner will have to cope with. During an in situ simulation, you can better prepare nurses and doctors by enabling them to see and rely on the patient monitor that they will be using in real life. Laerdal’s VitalsBridge allows you to connect your own patient monitor to your simulation, providing an experience that more accurately parallels a real clinical experience in your facility. Your learners can leave the simulation with an improved ability to evaluate vital signs, which can eventually lead to a more rapid patient intervention.
3. Performing Defibrillation on Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA): When a patient suffers from SCA, every second counts. This is no time for a clinician to learn how to operate a defibrillator or to find out that it was not stored for easy access at the bedside. In situ simulation can help learners find flaws so that they can correct them before any real harm is done to a patient. For learners to be able to practice resuscitating a patient, a realistic simulation experience is key. To achieve this realism, Laerdal has developed SimMan ALS LiveShock. The SimMan ALS chest skin and an integrated ShockLink unit enables the use of any live defibrillator with real pads or paddles. Learners can advance in the scenario in real-time, without interruption and without hesitation.
If you are already using in situ simulation as a tool for your learners, consider integrating your own medical equipment in the scenarios. The result can be higher transfer of skills to the bedside, and better familiarity with the equipment that will help them save lives.