How Simulation is Preparing Home Healthcare Nurses for Emergencies

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Flores – Star Tribune

Last August, the Roseville, MN-based Pediatric Home Service bought Pediatric HAL to train their home healthcare nurses. Working with patients in their home means that these nurses are alone on the frontline when an emergency occurs. As such, PediatricHome Service is using Pediatric HAL to develop their nurses’ skills in lifesaving techniques like restoring breathing via aventilator.  

“Pediatric experiences for nursing students are very limited,” said Judy Giel, the chief clinical officer at Pediatric Home Service. “Many students, for example, won’t be exposed to an emergency such as a seizure or a failure of the breathing line.” Thus, Pediatric HAL allows the nurses to get hands-on training and gain the experience and muscle memory needed to respond to any emergency. The training is also recorded so the nurses can review what they did well and what needs to be improved, so fewer mistakes are made in the real world.

To read the full story written by Glenn Howatt of the Star Tribune, visit the Star Tribune website.

To learn more about Pediatric HAL, please read our earlier post about how Columbia’s School of Nursing is using Pediatric HAL to train and develop their nursing students’ communication and clinical skills.  

To see Pediatric HAL’s features and how he is being used to train home healthcare nurses, watch Liz Collin’s report broadcast on WCCO 4 News.

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