Why Every Nursing Simulation Program Needs to Consider the BD Pyxis MedStation ES
Editor’s Note: The team from Medical Shipment shared with us the compelling article below explaining why every nursing simulation program needs to consider the BD Pyxis MedStation ES. We tend to agree, as many nursing programs are located in regions with health systems using the Pyxis medication administration devices. Training healthcare students with simulated versions of the actual devices they will use when they become qualified practitioners, provides for a higher level of realism. This improves learning outcomes and reduces stressors on the new graduate, ultimately leading to increased retention. The investment to provide the most realistic simulation experience possible, should therefore always be considered when budget is available. Watch the video stories below to learn why BD partners exclusively with Medical Shipment for the Pyxis in nursing education, and why Pam Jeffries, Professor of Nursing and Dean of George Washington University School of Nursing says “Every simulation center today needs a Pyxis.”
THE PRESSURE IS ON
Healthcare facilities and providers are on the hunt to find a steady workforce of highly-trained nurses to clinical efficiency, without sacrificing the quality of care provided. Today’s healthcare ecosystem requires knowledge of integrated medication management solutions like the Pyxis Medstation ES, the same technologies widely adopted by hospitals.
HOW DOES THE BD PYXIS MEDSTATION ES WORK AND HOW CAN IT MAXIMIZE MY PROFICIENCY SPECIFICALLY IN THE WORKPLACE?
The power of the BD Pyxis MedStation ES lies in its ability to integrate with health information technology (HIT) across the health system, and with an increasing number of campuses and hospitals relying on this integration for efficient care, it is crucial for nursing students to have the opportunity to practice.
The pharmacy operations dashboard, accessed via each users fingerprint, houses all patient information, and summarizes and prioritize key notifications from BD medication management technologies. This system generates finely detailed reports that show everything from patient allergies, to the last time the patient has had dosages, timeframes, consolidation of care and more.
The user friendly console allows for customizable information to be entered, providing the ability to input customized patients, users, medications, medication orders, reporting capability, and add functionality and devices as needs arise.
An estimated 80% of medical errors involve miscommunication between caregivers. Miscommunication can lead to delays in treatment, inappropriate treatment and thus, an increased length in hospital stay. By inputting all patient health information into a secure, large database such as the BD Pyxis MedStation ES, we can begin to eliminate the possibility for patient information to be lost, misplaced or mistranslated throughout the communication of care process.
The pharmacy operations dashboard also combines with flexible storage space options that support size, scope and capacity needs including storage for larger medications and refrigeration. The refrigeration and temperature monitoring system integrates directly with the BD Pyxis MedStation ES, expanding medication management solutions to include temperature-controlled medications.
All of these factors benefit the components an attentive, compassionate caregiver and patient relationship, a professional obligation that nursing students must learn during their education. Nurses and caregivers report higher satisfaction and more efficient nursing workflows, allowing for less time walking to and from patients rooms across large hospital wings, and allowing for more time for the provision of secure, accurate patient care.
HOW DO WE ADDRESS THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF HEALTHCARE TO CONTINUOUSLY MEET THE NEEDS OF NURSING STUDENTS AND PREPARE THEM FOR SUCCESS IN THE FIELD?
Access to programs and simulations that educate our students on technology that is regularly used onsite, such as an automated medication dispensing system that supports medication management.
The BD Pyxis MedStation ES, available from Medical Shipment for educational programs, is a decentralized medication management system, provides an efficient, patient-centric workflow that guides nurses to medication and patient information…all in one place. By changing from a centralized to a hybrid or decentralized system, clinicians can dispense 80% or more of inpatient medications, allowing for more time alongside patients beds, reduce the incidence of missed medication and faster turnaround times for first doses and STAT orders.
It is essential for educational programs to encourage and facilitate the practice of this technology in order to ensure maximum efficiency in the field and ultimately, provide patients with the best care possible. Simulations represent an innovative teaching method that provide nursing students with the opportunity to work within conditions that mirror real-life scenarios. By repeatedly practicing their clinical skills, they can learn at their own pace, openly make mistakes and develop proficiency.
“Simulations are a very important part of the program because of the immersion and experiential learning,” says Pam Jeffries, Professor of Nursing and Dean of George Washington University School of Nursing. “Every simulation center today needs a Pyxis. That’s one example of the technology that’s needed to prepare our nurses not only for today but for tomorrow.”
HOW DOES ONE GET STARTED?
Medical Shipment is a premium supplier of simulation nursing supplies and equipment. Their goal is to ensure the products they provide fit the need of your healthcare educational programs, at a competitive rate, with customer service at the core of their values. They carry an extensive range of products and services, one of which being the BD Pyxis MedStation ES. They look forward to providing more information on innovative products that will maximize efficiency throughout clinics nationwide.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.