Simulation Training Healthcare

simulation trainingSimulation training in healthcare is changing the direction of nursing and medicine. Gone are the days when medical training meant learning by “trial and error” with living patients or cadavers. Thanks to the technological expertise of Gaumard, sophisticated and technologically superior simulators are changing the way medical novices gain experience. With simulators like Noelle® aka Victoria™, students can gain task oriented and behavioral skill experience in practical, inexpensive and safe ways.

While the first attempts to practice on objects goes back to ancient times, utilizing simulators as an integral part of medical training for the purpose of certification or credentialing programs is rather new. Since the early 1990’s the value and scope of simulation training in obstetrics and gynecology has grown immensely. What does this mean for the future?

If medical professionals are to become experienced and confident without jeopardizing any lives in the learning process, they must practice on simulators like Noelle® aka Victoria™ because of three essential components.

Successful Healthcare Simulation Training Requires

Physical Fidelity – Victoria™ looks and feels like a real woman. She has soft skin that covers her joints; blinking eyes and hands and toes that are amazingly realistic.

Conceptual Fidelity – Victoria™ behaves like a real woman would in each specific scenario. When her baby works his way down the birth canal and his head crowns, the people watching become believers.

Emotional Fidelity – Victoria™ draws the students into her reality so that they react as they would with a real living patient.

simulation trainingThere is a saying that, the proof is in the pudding. Indeed it is. There is a new award-winning study, The NCSBN National Simulation Study.

The study offers “strong evidence supporting the use of high quality healthcare simulation as a substitute for up to 50% of traditional clinical time…These study results offer educators the liberty to use more simulation experiences, particularly for those low-incidence, high-risk critical behaviors all nurses need to learn and experience. “

To bring the findings and concepts into your own reality, think about this:

Your sister is in labor. You drive her to the hospital. Something appears to be wrong and you find out that she has had an abruption, which means that the placenta has torn away from the abdomen where it should have remained secure. You find out that the baby will not have any blood supply. Now the baby needs resuscitation. You might otherwise panic except for the fact that your sister is being cared for by trained professionals. They are experienced and they know what they are doing. You breathe a sigh of relief as you find out that your sister and baby will be just fine.

They learned on a Gaumard simulator named Noelle®. If you would like to understand how simulation training works, look at this video of Utah Regional Valley Medical Center from July 31, 2012.

That was 2012 and today Gaumard’s simulation has advanced to an all-time new level. Today Victoria™ is being used in simulation training. To make healthcare simulation training successful, participants must see, touch, smell, hear and be drawn into a healthcare crisis that can give them a taste of reality so that they can learn from that reality. Victoria™ offers students that advantage.

The NCSBN National Simulation Study proves that hi-fidelity simulation training in healthcare is the optimum direction for the future of medical training.

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