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    NMCP’s Simulation Center Opens Doors during Healthcare Simulation Week

    NMCP Simulation Center Open House

    Photo By Rebecca Perron | 170914-N-GM597-132 Portsmouth, Va. (Sept. 14, 2017) Mike Stephens, a simulation...... read more read more



    Story by Rebecca Perron 

    Naval Medical Center - Portsmouth

    The Healthcare Simulation and Bioskills Training Center (HSBTC) at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth invited staff, patients and visitors to experience first-hand the simulators and training available during an open house on Sept. 14 in celebration of Healthcare Simulation Week
    The Simulation Center’s mission is to provide high-quality, customer-center healthcare simulation and tissue-based training to advance readiness and value through enhanced medical education and patient safety. They do this through three primary lines of operation: Graduate Medical Education Support, Patient Safety/Skills Sustainment Initiatives, and Combat Casualty Care training.
    “This year we celebrate our open house in conjunction with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s (SSH) first ever Healthcare Simulation Week,” said Capt. Michael T. Spooner, the medical director of the HSBTC. “Healthcare Simulation is a rapidly growing field that has grown out of the need to develop focused training for all members of the healthcare team that allow them to rehearse and integrate their skills before entering the patient-care environment.”
    During the open house, equipment demonstrations included high-fidelity simulation mannequins that can be programmed to react to medical situations similarly to human reactions; skills trainers that teach and reinforce one skill, such as toenail removal; and medical response during the simulation of complex medical scenarios, such as on the battlefield or in a birthing suite.
    “This offers a safe environment to make mistakes and learn from them so they are prepared for real-world events,” said Robb Reynard, a simulation operations specialist, as he demonstrated the Sim Junior mannequin to pediatric nurses. “Our nurse educators are really good at coming up with curriculum for anyone’s needs.”
    “I’m excited to come up here for training,” said pediatric nurse Lt. j.g. Bridget Mahoney after listening to Reynard’s presentation. “This is a great place for any healthcare provider to train from hospital corpsmen to nurses and other ward staff so they can prepare for real-world events and strengthen their skills.”
    During a presentation in the Surgical Anesthesia Simulation Suite, Mike Stephens showed visitors how a mannequin communicates with a computer to display the simulated respiratory rate and other bodily functions.
    “I know how to work the equipment and I can help them with whatever training healthcare providers need,” Stephens said. “Doctors ask us to set up various scenarios as practice and refresher training. We want to give learners the opportunity to be the best doctors, nurses and corpsmen by helping them form crucial habits and processes.”
    “This is amazing,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Maguire, a nurse in the Staff Education and Training Department. “This is the first time I have been in the Sim Center. I am impressed with the variety of equipment they have for the different training possibilities, from neonatal to pediatrics to others for different situations. The moulage team is great so we can train for any situation.”
    “I think people would be amazed as to how closely we can simulate about any situation in a hospital,” Spooner said. “With the aid of technology through mannequins, virtual reality, moulage, or task training equipment we can truly make a learner feel like they are actually in a patient care environment. This could be on a ship, in an operating room, or in a tent.
    NMCP’s HSBTC, which started in 2006, has been in existence longer than any other simulation center at a Navy hospital.
    “With over 11 years of work, we have had the opportunity to integrate ourselves into the ‘culture’ of the medical center,” Spooner said. “In addition, our close proximity of our center to the medical center maximizes our use by the hospital. Staff members understand the value of ‘iterative’ training, or training that allows them to practice and rehearse techniques in a controlled environment before entering the clinical environment.”
    The HSBTC is another facet of the “Culture of Safety” that is embraced throughout the medical center. It builds on adult learning theories to integrate validated methods of learning and valid assessments of learning.
    “Simulation training also allows learning in many different realms – learners can truly integrate cognitive learning with psychomotor skills – all of which are important for the successful performance in the healthcare setting,” Spooner added. “We assist all members of the healthcare team in their learning – doctors, nurses, physician assistants, corpsmen, and technicians both individually and through team training exercises.”



    Date Taken: 09.14.2017
    Date Posted: 09.19.2017 16:33
    Story ID: 248874
    Location: PORTSMOUTH, VA, US 

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