Best semester ever …a look back.

Spring has sprung again!

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The first video is “Simulation Orchestrations” which I created from various UNE CSP video clips. Music is running throughout. The next one is from the University of Wisconsin’s Accelerated BSN program. Very interesting.  More videos will be coming!

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PA students working together to figure out what's wrong with their patient

PA students working together to figure out what's wrong with their patient

Now that we are stationed on two floors, Cynthia and I keep getting our exercise running between them! After a terrifically busy semester we’ve got some good data and experience to work with for future improvements to the labs and structure of our administration. Mostly we’ve got to keep fine tuning our organization so that as a two person program we make processes easier while the simulation use hours go up. Eventually we’d like to digitize our log-in process as well as the evaluations and confidentiality forms. For now we are still using pen and paper and asking folks to fill the required forms out before and after simulations. Of course, in the big picture we see going to an entirely full featured data management system which allows all the data we are generating, sending and receiving to be housed in one place that can be accessed from anywhere. My hope is that in a year or so we’ll be implementing this type of hardware /software combination for the betterment of all the programs we work with and for the Clinical Simulation Program(CSP).

The sun came out right after I took this shot.
The sun came out right after I took this shot.

Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) donated an anesthesia machine and monitor to us (MNA Program and CSP) in April. And we thank them! Once I get it all rigged up and connected to the METI HPS rack and it spits out the right numbers, we’ll have two independent simulated OR rooms. The picture below shows that once you start a bigger project like this you might as well fix a bunch of other ticks that have cropped up. As you can see that means changing out speakers, putting on a new chest skin, checking connections etc.

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HPS getting a makeover and new-old anesthesia machine

Several simulations this year have included actors and actresses (faculty and staff mostly) playing key roles during a case. As part of this growing sim-trend we’ve had screaming, emotional wives, uncooperative, inebriated interns and as below…bad guy boyfriends who shake babies and intimidate nursing students!

Pretending in the lab for Nursing

Pretending for a "Families in Crisis" nursing sim with pal Brenda

With more space to work with the MNA program can now host more anesthesia equipment vendors during their ” Difficult Airway Days”. The room that students are in (in the picture below) can house the whole MNA class as well as four anesthesia machines, room for SimMan, a SMARTboard, fiber-optic scope setup and storage spaces.

MNA students checking out the latest in hi fi laryngascopes

MNA students checking out the latest in hi fi laryngascopes

The MNA program also launched it’s first pediatric scenario using the SimBaby. The case was based on a very scary situation that a former student went through. The case gave students a feel for dealing with a baby in distress while doing so in a safe environment where they could reflect and learn. Running this scenario has opened the door for more anesthesia baby simulation ideas in the future.

SimBaby in the 242 theater, about to "see" students

SimBaby in the 242 theater, about to "see" students

Orienting MNA students to SimBaby

Orienting MNA students to SimBaby

The Dental Hygiene Program used simulation to teach proper procedures and protocols for emergencies in a dental clinic. Students dealt with patients that were not easily manageable and some that had medical conditions that had to be considered before treatment.

The Dental Hygiene program using the new debriefing space

The Dental Hygiene program using the new debriefing space

The Physician’s Assistant program used the Laerdal Heartcode ACLS system through the CSP to study, test and become certified ACLS providers. The system provides students with case scenarios on an interactive CD ROM that is similar to a video game. After they pass the cases and make the right decisions they come to the lab to do their skills tests. Forty-plus students got their ACLS cards via Laerdal and the AHA. Pretty cool…….

PA students testing their CPR and ventilation skills

PA students testing their CPR and ventilation skills

There are quite a few plans for the summer. Mostly we’ll be upgrading our labs with new headwall systems and I’ll be installing AV connections in two more rooms.

Thanks for “listening”.

Todd out

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