CAE Clinical Digital Learning Solutions Expand Educational Capabilities
Across healthcare simulation, the ability to consistently develop and expand clinical learning solutions has become essential to meet the evolving educational landscape — including remote, digital, virtual, and personalized learning. Medical training partner, CAE Healthcare, believes in creating a learning environment that is individualized and leverages interactive and adaptive simulations to provide students with the ability to learn anywhere, at any time. This content, along with CAE’s digital learning platform and accompanying courses, means students can work at their own pace while achieving an impactful and personalized level of learning. CAE has also partnered with institutions, including the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), to expand their educational offerings.
As part of the evolving educational journey, CAE leverages metrics and data to provide educators with the information they need to adjust instruction and meet the unique needs of each learner. Some CAE courses offer CE hours or CME credits, and they all are housed directly on the company’s easy-to-use online learning management system. CAE currently offers online courses targeting three different specialties: intensive critical care (ICCU), nursing, and respiratory therapy.
Through innovative partnerships with educational experts, including BCIT, CAE Healthcare expanded its customized online course offerings to address the specific needs of nurses and respiratory therapists. These digital learning solutions are available to anyone interested in expanding their skills, whether they are undergraduate students learning for the first time or established healthcare professionals looking to enhance or refresh their capabilities. Here are just some of the digital learning courses created by BCIT and CAE.
BCIT Course Examples
Introduction to Basic Assessment: This virtual simulation experience provides the learner with multiple opportunities to perform a basic health assessment with a hospitalized older adult patient who is poised to be discharged from a medical unit. The learner is taught to notice and gather relevant patient data to inform decision-making. This module explores concepts such as oxygenation, perfusion, pain communication using SBAR (situation, background, assessment, and recommendations), and relational practice skills. This virtual simulation is targeted at the early-level undergraduate nurse learner.
Management of the COVID-19 Hypoxic Patient: This module is a virtual simulation case focused on caring for a crashing hypoxic patient in the emergency department. The module includes educational content on COVID-19-related topics, including oxygen supply and demand, prone positioning, and oxygen delivery systems.
Management of the Head-Injured Patient with COVID-19: This virtual simulation case focuses on caring for a patient who has a head injury and has tested positive for COVID-19. The module includes educational content on COVID-19-related topics, such as intubation, transporting COVID-19- positive patients, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Management of the COVID-19 Patient with Mechanical Ventilator Problems: In this module, the learner cares for an intensive care unit patient having ventilator difficulties. The module includes educational content on COVID-19-related topics, including goals of care in the ICU, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and blood gasses.
Managing Sedation of the COVID-19 Patient: Another intensive care unit module, this course features a virtual simulation, where the learner cares for a patient who is struggling with sedation. The module includes educational content on oxygen supply and demand, intubation, and sedation goals.
Care of Patient with a Gastrointestinal Bleed: This virtual simulation experience provides the learner with multiple opportunities to perform both primary and focused assessments with a surgical patient who becomes acutely unwell. The learner is tasked with determining patient priority issues and guiding the required interventions. The learner will identify and provide evidence-based interventions and therapeutics to manage a gastrointestinal bleed. This module explores perfusion, oxygenation, pain, safety, decision making, and time-sensitive interprofessional communication. This learning module is recommended for the advanced, undergraduate nurse learner.
Care of Patient with a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA): This virtual simulation experience provides the learner with multiple opportunities to perform both primary and focused assessments with a patient who has been admitted to a medical unit for care after experiencing a cerebral vascular accident (CVA). The learner will identify and provide evidence-based interventions and therapeutics for acute post-stroke care. This module includes supporting educational content on related concepts such as impairments in mobility, cognition, and communication. The learner will manage acute variations in the patient’s health-related to their health history. This learning module is recommended for the early-level undergraduate nurse learner.
CAE’s ICCU e-learning curriculum features a series of learning paths that explore the use of ultrasound to assess and address critical care and cardiac concerns. These cost-effective educational solutions advance ultrasound learning, shorten the path to imaging competency and increase knowledge retention with ground-breaking technology. The ICCU curriculum helps institutions streamline training time and conserve resources so instructors can focus on teaching. It is based on established guidelines from the International Consensus Statement on Training Standards for Critical Care Ultrasonography and has been endorsed by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), and the Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS).
In collaboration with MeduSim, CAE also offers nursing courses focused on assessing, addressing and preventing pain. A further partnership with Area9 resulted in respiratory therapy classes focused on ventilation, ranging from basic to advanced mechanical ventilation as well as ventilator management for the COVID-19 patient. Click here for a full list of online CAE courses.
More About CAE
CAE Healthcare, a division of Canadian-based CAE, is among world leaders in developing cutting-edge healthcare simulation learning tools for today’s professional healthcare providers. The company strives to deliver educational tools that best help healthcare professionals provide safe, high-quality patient care. CAE Healthcare has an extraordinarily vast area of simulated products, ranging from manikins to interventional and imaging solutions, and audiovisual debriefing systems.
CAE Healthcare has a unique and wide range of manikins for simulation medical training including the Human Patient Simulator (HPS), Apollo, Ares (emergency medicine simulator), Lucina (obstetric simulator), Luna (neonatal simulator), and Aria (pediatric simulator). Most of these high-fidelity medical simulation manikins now run on CAE Healthcare’s patented Maestro software. As one of the original innovators of medical simulation technology, CAE Healthcare has continued to innovate new learning products and solutions that support the world’s healthcare industry.
For example, in addition to a wide range of mid-and high-fidelity simulators, they also provide audiovisual debriefing solutions, such as LearningSpace, their learning management system. They also have a surgical simulator known as CAE CathLabVR, as well as the Vimedix ultrasound simulator, the only ultrasound simulator to use multiplanar reconstruction and 3D/4D scanning.