Wednesday, 19 July 2006: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Your Patient with COPD has Arrived: Comparison of Pretest and Posttest Scores to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Healthcare Simulation Exercise
Learning Objective #1: Describe the rationale for using intelligent simulation in nursing education.
Learning Objective #2: Examine a respiratory simulation scenario using the Laerdal Sim Man Universal Patient Simulator.
High fidelity simulation using a computer connected to a lifelike mannequin allows healthcare learners to practice, make mistakes, and learn in a safe environment. Simulation also allows healthcare personnel to work together and develop as a highly functioning team. Intelligent simulation has been widely used in aviation to train aircrews to respond to emergencies using a coordinated team approach. The military and commercial aviation industry calls this team training “Crew Resource Management.” In fact, every six months, each commercial pilot in the United States is required to undergo simulation training in a simulator of the airplane the pilot is currently flying. The pilots first practice the high-risk emergencies then they are competency tested to ensure that they have the training to appropriately respond to emergencies. Each pilot must work effectively together as a team to respond appropriately to the emergencies. The nursing school at Thomas Jefferson University purchased a high fidelity simulator. This Laerdal Sim Man Universal Patient Simulator is an electromechanical mannequin that has programmable pulses, respirations, and blood pressures, heart rhythms, lung and bowel sounds. To help close the gap between needed and available instructional material to use with this simulator, a respiratory distress exercise was developed to teach critical incident management of a patient in respiratory distress to nursing students. To evaluate the effectiveness of this exercise a pretest and posttest simulation examination was administered and the results were statistically compared. The purpose of this discussion will be to discuss these results of this exercise.
Organizer:Agnes M. Morrison, EdD, RN
Presenters:Agnes M. Morrison, EdD, RN
Cecilia W. Borden, EdD, RN