St.Christopher's Island!

March 30th, 2009 by njandreau

 

Saint Kitts is a beautiful and special place!

Sunrise on the first day of Spring in St. Kitts West Indies!

Sunrise on the first day of spring in St. Kitts, West Indies!

Anne Summer, Jim Behme and I just got back from our sim-consulting trip to the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) in St. Kitts! Anne and Jim both work at the Clinical Performance Center on the Biddeford campus of UNE. We were asked to consult with the UMHS faculty and present our expertise on high fidelity simulation and standardized patients. The school faces the Carribean Sea and is an inspiring place to house a higher learning facility. We met with quite a few faculty members and jostled with  ideas  to embed simulation into their collective curricula. It was a successful series of meetings and much information was traded back and forth. The simulation labs are spacious and can accommodate many students at once.

The view ain’t so bad either!

Under the guidance of nursing instructors Helen Gillanders, E.N.(G), R.N.(G) and Verena Pointer R.N. we got a lovely tour and demonstration of their Human Simulation Laboratory.

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Ellen Gillanders with nursing students and SimMan.

Mrs. Gillanders was initially educated as an enrolled nurse (G) at Sheffield School of Nursing in England. She worked in the regional kidney transplant unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary that contained a hemodialysis treatment area and a training area for patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis.  Mrs. Gillanders also worked in the regional vascular surgical unit attached to University of Manchester Medical School with responsibilities for coordinating the administration of medications under research protocol in conjunction with the University of Manchester Medical School.  Later, she completed additional education to become a registered nurse at the University of Manchester Nursing School.  She was one of the primary health care providers at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Verena prepping for simulations!

Mrs. Gillanders is a clinical instructor in the skills laboratory at IUON, and she is the manager of the exceptionally well equipped state of the art IUON Human Simulation Laboratory.  In addition, Mrs. Gillanders currently serves asthe IUON and UMHS campus nurse. Mrs. Pointer received her nursing education at the German Hospital School of Nursing in London. After qualifying in 1967, she was in charge of a 12-bed ear, nose and throat unit (ENT) for four years.  Since then she has travelled the world with her physician husband working on various international aid projects.
Mrs. Pointer was associated with Ross University School of Medicine since 1996 when she and her husband moved to Dominica, West Indies. Mrs. Pointer joined IUON in January 2006 as the human patient simulation lab assistant and enjoys the interaction she has with students and faculty.

Here are more pics from the trip:

Huh? Wha?...(we simply had to take this picture!)

Huh? Wha?...(we simply had to take this picture!) That's Jim Behme and he's into behaviorism!

This is from about 600 feet up overlooking the Atlantic!

This is from about 600 feet up overlooking the Atlantic!

UMHS Faculty working with  METI's iStan.

UMHS Faculty working with METI's iStan.

Big lab with an incredible view. They have another lab about the same size too.

Big lab with an incredible view. They have another lab about the same size too.

The view from UMHS' back walkway-looking Northeast. WOW!

The view from UMHS' back walkway-looking Northeast. WOW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keisha the simulation and IT specialist. She taught me what Net Ball is!

Keisha the simulation and IT specialist. She taught me what Net Ball is!

 

Sunset on the Caribbean....

Sunset on the Caribbean....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So thanks to our wonderful hosts at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences -Doctors Ross and Wagner and the faculty and staff there. We had a blast and were truly “changed” by the island experience!

Todd out…………………

Wicked Winter Wonders

March 17th, 2009 by njandreau

 

 

Setting up for a vent-assisted simulation.

Setting up for a vent-assisted simulation.

It’s not yet Spring but it’s starting to feel like it’s around the corner. Of course in Maine we have to be truly patient as it doesn’t usually get “warm” until mid April. Things are heating up here in the simlabs these days too! We have been operating the new upstairs lab and debriefing spaces for about 9 months now and it’s been a great expansion. We’ve been able to service more individual program needs and control student and faculty flow through the simulation experiences. 

Here’s the power list of some of our accomplishments since I last blogged …which was way back in November!    

A nursing class has to deal with an asthmatic kid and a Mom who smokes.

A nursing class has to deal with an asthmatic kid and a Mom who smokes.

1. Created several learning module movies for Anesthesia, MMC ED and Social Work classes. These films are created from scripts in which faculty act out certain roles in a simulated experience then the video gets cut and merged and edited down to a movie which can be played for multiple classes and presentations.    

Showing the pedi HAL simulator's abilities to interested legislators.

Showing the pedi HAL simulator's abilities to interested legislators.

2. Presented and demonstrated with simulator to almost 100 freshman Maine legislators.  

3. Programmed several new cases on the METI HPS with Dr. Chris Bowe and Dr. Jeff Holmes for their ED resident simulations.

 

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Dr. Chris Bowe preparing MMC ED residents for simulation.

 

4. Programmed and supported Maine Medical’s Internal Medicine (IM) department with their first round of emergency simulations. MMC IM just recently started up with us and will continue with simulations in the near future. MMC Nursing is expressing a strong interest in using simulation to teach as well. The future looks bright for continuing connections with Maine Medical Center.

 

Happy nurses after finishing refresher course.

Happy nurses after finishing refresher course.

5. CSP Coordinator Cynthia Morris taught part of a Nurse Refresher Course  recently with simulation. Nurses from around Maine come to the labs and freshen up on nursing skills.

6. I visited the incredible simulation center at the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education (GCRME) at the University of Miami. This is where the world famous Harvey simulator was created and is still manufactured. I was taken through the magnificently equipped center by Vivian Obeso MD who is the assistant director and clinical skills trainer. The Gordon Center has a ton of space to work with and they also use it wisely. It’s also very sleek and stylish like the rest of Miami!

Here’s a few pix from the University of Miami’s Gordon Center Simlab:

Vivian Obeso demonstrating the Harvey simulator.

Vivian Obeso demonstrating the Harvey simulator.

Pre hospital training ambulance INSIDE the simlab. (SimMan is in there!)

Pre hospital training ambulance INSIDE the simlab. (SimMan is in there!)

 

 

 

 

The Harvey "factory"at GCRME. This is where they construct the simulators.

The Harvey "factory"at GCRME. This is where they construct the simulators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. I also presented at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in Orlando and it was a great experience. Here’s a slideshow from the conference. I got excellent feedback about my presentation on how we use the Laerdal AVS system and had some good interactions with fellow filmmakers during the film sessions. I saw some amazing new simulation technology (some of which I’ll be featuring in the next blog) and interesting presentations. All presenters materials will be on the SSiH site soon.  So I’ll post that when it happens too.

The conference was at the Contemporary Resort in Disneyworld and my wife Nancy and son Uther also came along! I’d never been to Disney before . It was awesome to experience it through the eyes of my six year old boy!

See pics below!

Uther with Minnie Mouse!

Uther with Minnie Mouse

Nancy and Uther and that famous castle!

Nancy and Uther and that famous castle!

A great night for a boy and his Dad! (Best fireworks we'd ever seen!)

A great night for a boy and his Dad! (Best fireworks we'd ever seen!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Of course we have continued with running simulations for our excellent Nurse Anesthesia program including more difficult airway sessions, induction sequences, machine checks and Crisis Resource Management scenarios. The Nursing and PA programs have also increased their use of the labs and the PA’s in particular are taking their ACLS course through us with the Laerdal Heartcode system. They will get their certification cards after completing the microsimulations and passing their CPR exams. So far, so good.

9. I am leaving for St. Kitts this Friday to join Anne Summer and Jim Behme from UNE’s Clinical Performance Center. We have been asked to visit with the folks at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts…in the Caribbean! Needless to say we are very excited about this trip and eager to share the knowledge we have in our specialties of standardized patients and high fidelity simulation. We will be taking pictures of their beautiful facility and lots of this little paradise so look for those in the next blog!

Thanks for reading and look for a new format to this blog by next month!

Todd