State-of-the-art facility will enhance Yukon clinicians’ learning.
Reflecting the growing importance and value of patient simulation in health care, the Yukon Hospitals Clinical Simulation Centre (Sim Lab) opened September 12, 2019 in Whitehorse General Hospital (WGH). This state-of-the-art training facility will help expand the skills and capability of staff and physicians at Yukon Hospitals and in the broader Yukon community.
Supported by two years of fundraising by the Yukon Hospital Foundation (YHF), which raised one million dollars to purchase high-fidelity manikins and lab equipment, renovate a designated suite in WGH, and fund operating costs, the Sim Lab allows Yukon Hospitals to integrate simulation into its educational and professional development opportunities.
“Continuing educational opportunities are important to staff and physicians, and this will enhance health care in our community,” says Karen Forward, President, YHF. “The best way for staff to respond calmly in emergency situations is to be well-trained so they feel confident providing the best possible diagnosis and treatment outcomes.”
In the Sim Lab, realistic simulations by anatomically accurate manikins mimic a wide array of real-life health care events, conditions and symptoms.
The life-like manikins breathe, speak, cough and moan, and scenarios can be manipulated in real-time by instructors with the click of a button from an adjacent control area.
Using manikins controlled in real-time from an adjacent room, Yukon Hospitals’ Clinical Nurse Educators (CNEs) deliver and record sessions to reproduce a clinical environment with the same physical challenges and mental stressors a Yukon care provider would experience while responding to a real event. Participants use real medical equipment, which allows for valuable hands-on practice with labour and delivery, resuscitation and advanced life support, managing heart attacks, respiratory emergencies, allergic reactions, and more. After the simulation, a debriefing session and review can take place for additional educational opportunities.
Research shows simulation training is equivalent to clinical training, and makes it easier for clinicians to learn new skills, improve their competency and prepare for less frequent, high acuity care scenarios.
“This initiative supports our teams as they continue to find ways to improve patient outcomes,” says Brian Gillen, Chair, Yukon Hospitals’ Board of Trustees. “Interdisciplinary education in a modern facility helps improve teamwork and communication, which ultimately improves patient care.”
Over the last several months, CNEs Sarah Harrison, Joanne Pare and Claire Hills have been gathering supplies needed to support various simulation scenarios, developing detailed simulation plans, and training simulation instructors.
The new patient simulator (manikin) ‘family’ includes SimMom, SimMan3G, SimJunior and SimNewB. Using the manikins, courseware and support, CNEs will offer dozens of new training opportunities that include unexpected, premature or complicated births, pediatric and adult trauma situations resulting from accidents, post-surgery complications, and the testing and refining of more advanced and complicated protocols.