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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

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