Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd, staff members took part in the Khol’s Mobile Simulation Center from Children’s of Minnesota that was in Brainerd for three days recently.
“Simulation training has been used by the airline industry for a long time, said Karen Mathias, advanced practice nurse and director of Children’s Simulation Program, in a news release. “The three key things we emphasize are hands-on practice, real life scenarios, and a supportive environment.”
This specialized motor coach is designed as a flexible, multifunctional area capable of simulating hospital environments such as an emergency room, delivery room, or intensive care room. It is outfitted with computerized mannequins operated by simulation specialists to orchestrate simulated pediatric or neonatal emergencies.
Following a 20-minute simulation twice as much time is dedicated to self and team analysis. Multiple adjustable cameras and sensitive microphones digitally record each scenario so they can be played back for review for the team. Children’s trainers facilitate conversation of what went well and where improvements can be made.
The training simulations focus on high risk situations that happen very infrequently.
Simulation, although expensive, is risk-free for patients, and develops clinical skills and team communication to improve patient outcomes, which is why Jeanette Ruff, director of The Family Birthplace at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center booked this training opportunity for her staff more than a year in advance.
All Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center nurses who work in The Family Birthplace were part of six teams over three days that participated in the simulation training for pediatric and neonatal emergency care. Simulation trainings included staff from other disciplines as well that would be present in an actual patient experience.