MBC turns into trauma unit for simulation event

MBC turns into trauma unit for simulation event

Participants at the Simulation Users Network

The Clinical Skills Education Centre in the MBC was turned into a virtual Trauma Unit when the Centre hosted the first meeting of the Simulation Users Network.

Sponsored by Laerdal UK Ltd, the event brought together simulation users and interest groups from both the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

The theme of the meeting was Care Pathways in Simulation and was a true collaboration between University and NHS professionals in delivering a trauma-based simulation pathway for medical education.

Explaining the purpose of the meeting, Dr Jim Murray, Director of the CSEC at Queen’s, said: “The concept was to link patient safety with Simulation-Based HealthCare Education by demonstrating fluid and dynamic teamwork in a virtual Emergency Department, Operating Theatre and Intensive Care Unit.”

The scenario focused on undergraduate and postgraduate Medical Education and training, simulation-based education in nursing, anaesthetics and surgical simulation, trauma and pre-hospital care, human factors, ergonomics and patient safety, and finally Standards and Quality Assurance in Healthcare.

The scenario followed the route of a trauma victim from arrival in a virtual emergency department, transfer to an operating theatre and subsequent delivery to a virtual intensive Care Unit. Interspersed in these clinical locations were various ‘crisis’ moments that were deliberately planned. The complete scenario was filmed live, which enabled immediate playback for post scenario debriefing to the audience.

The meeting was hailed by Laerdal UK and the participants as being totally innovative, dynamic and highly educational.

Dr Murray said: “The day was a great collaborative success and many thanks go to our medical and nursing colleagues within the NHS whose contribution was vital. Similar thanks go to Dr David McManus, Director of the NI Ambulance Service for contributing an ambulance and two experienced paramedics.   A special thank you also to Sr. Sonia Derbyshire, Regional Intensive Care Unit and Mr John Doran, Senior AV Technician, CSEC, without whose efforts the meeting would never have happened.”

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