PBSC medical simulation center wins best practice award
The honor will be presented this week at the Association of Florida Colleges 67th Annual Meeting and Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Jacqueline Rogers, Ed.D., Lake Worth campus dean of health sciences and public safety, will accept the award for the center that she founded to enable students to practice clinical skills utilizing human patient simulators capable of mimicking any medical condition or crisis.
Based on PBSC’s Lake Worth campus, the center is set up like a hospital, but the patients are wireless, computerized mannequins representing each gender and stage of life, including adult, child and newborn as well as a birthing mother. PBSC students care for the human patient simulators while their instructor observes behind a one-way mirror. The simulation system operators—paramedics and RNs by training—work closely with the instructors, speak as the patient and instantly change vital signs depending on the patient’s condition and the treatment given by the students.
In 2014, an innovative interdisciplinary approach was introduced at the center to prepare students to work collaboratively in the team-based approach used in actual health care settings. Students enrolled in the Nursing, Paramedic and Respiratory Care programs, for example, gain an understanding of each other’s roles and competencies, while applying their specific hands-on knowledge and skills in real-time. Medical residents from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine also participate in clinical simulations with PBSC students, giving even greater authenticity to the simulated environment.
“The impact on student success is evident in PBSC’s Center of Excellence in Medical Simulation, where the energy is palpable,” says Rogers. “From the various levels of training in our health science and EMS career paths, students can not only envision their role, but understand the role of their colleagues caring for patients. Through reality-based scenarios, students apply learning concepts and develop critical thinking skills, all without jeopardizing patient safety. It is for this reason, graduates from Palm Beach State College’s Health Science and EMS programs are sought after by employers.”
Recently, the center began piloting telemedicine during training scenarios to simulate how a physician can interact in a health care setting from a remote location. “Dr. R2” is double robotics technology featuring an iPad on a stick on wheels. Through wireless technology, Dr. R2 can be “driven” by the remote practitioner using a tablet or smartphone. The practitioner maneuvers the device and is able to see and speak to patients and medical staff in real-time.
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