Multidisciplinary In-Situ Training - The Gem of Healthcare Simulation Education

06/27/2016

Blog post by SimGHOSTS Secretary Lizzy Wooley

Multidisciplinary In-Situ Training - The Gem of Healthcare Simulation Education

 

If you are working in the hospital setting environment, the Multidisciplinary (Inter-professional) In-Situ simulation training plays critical role for the simulation program as well as the hospital itself since it occurs at where the learners provide patient care on a regular basis. It is usually considered as a big project due to the complexity of the pulling all training components together, however, it brings the most outcome with great feedback. In this article, I would like to list the things to keep in mind as a simulation technician during the preparation.

  1. Create the realistic learning environment: The most important factor of simulation training is realism. If it’s not realistic, it’s hard to make the learners get engaged. For this, the technician must meet with the course instructor to understand what they are picturing. Once the introduction part is done, the technician must visit the actual training site on either hospital floor or field to make sure if there is enough space or bed for simulator as well as any back doors (secret routes) to bring the simulator in in case of the mock code scenario. Also, the location of crash cart needs to be identified to be switched with the mock crash cart if necessary.
  2. Schedule the time: As it is an inter-professional training, there will be many individuals from different departments will be participating. The technician must tie them all together to find the time and date that work with everyone. Also, if the training is happening on the floor, you must talk to the charge nurse to make sure the certain room will be open for the training.
  3. Check the reliability of medical equipment and simulators: The training will only run smoothly without any malfunction of the simulators and equipment. For this reason, all the equipment must be checked prior to the training and in regard to the high fidelity simulator it is recommended to keep it running from 30 minutes before the actual training time. The simulator, control PC, and vital sign monitor will be tied strongly once it established the connection beforehand. And of course, the simulator must be charged until the training starts.
  4. Review the safety precautions: This is something that is commonly missed during the preparation. Since you are away from your work environment, the floor might have different safety rules. Check the fire alarm, exit doors, also make sure if your simulators could cause any safety issue such as tripping hazard. Also, remind that the simulators can be in danger. For instance, when we were conducting the in-situ training in MRI unit, we weren’t able to use any high fidelity simulator due to magnetic issue yet we had to utilize simple manikin that has no joint.
  5. Prepare the survey from learners: Lastly, the feedback from the learners is very important. The technician must prepare the way to collect the feedback either paper format or online evaluation.