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J.C. Blair Nurse Jodi Atherton, RN (left), uses a defibrillator on "Blair" the simulation man during a simulated cardiac arrest while J.C. Blair nurses (left to right) Rebecca Price, RN, and Nurse Educator Valerie Rupert, RN oversee. This new computerized SimMan was provided to the hospital by its professional liability carrier, CHART, as a tool for training nursing staff on high-risk, low volume situations to prevent medical errors. For more information on the new simulation lab at J.C. Blair, contact J.C. Blair Nurse Educator Valerie Rupert, RN, at (814) 643-8640.

J.C. Blair Nurse Jodi Atherton, RN (left), uses a defibrillator on "Blair" the simulation man during a simulated cardiac arrest while J.C. Blair nurses (left to right) Rebecca Price, RN, and Nurse Educator Valerie Rupert, RN oversee. This new computerized SimMan was provided to the hospital by its professional liability carrier, CHART, as a tool for training nursing staff on high-risk, low volume situations to prevent medical errors. For more information on the new simulation lab at J.C. Blair, contact J.C. Blair Nurse Educator Valerie Rupert, RN, at (814) 643-8640.

J.C. Blair Utilizes Simulation Manikin for Training

J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital has a new tool to help improve patient safety a simulation manikin ("SimMan"). This new computerized SimMan was provided to the hospital by its professional liability carrier, CHART, as a tool for training nursing staff on high-risk, low volume situations to prevent medical errors. The SimMan was named "Blair" by the nursing staff during National Nurses Week.

The SimMan and simulation lab includes ten rapid assessment and intervention learning modules/ scenarios that can be used to educate the clinical staff. These include: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory crisis, myocardial infarction, diabetic crisis, cardiopulmonary arrest, cerebrovascular accident, anaphylaxis, post-op pulmonary embolism, post-op hemorrhage, care of the seizure client and sepsis.

Research shows that the most effective adult learning is feedback, repetition, and multiple learning strategies such as seeing, hearing and touching. Simulation training helps develop assessment and decision-making skills in a controlled environment. It also helps staff to develop communication and inter-personal skills through video recording and playback. The SimMan has vocal capability so nurses can interview him. There is bedside monitoring of the patient which will enable the nurse to practice interpretation of what is observed especially in critical situations that a nurse may not encounter on a regular basis.

"The aviation world has used simulation for a long time to prepare pilots for real life situations that they may face on board an aircraft. Health care has seen the drastic improvements made in air travel safety, so we are now using simulation to improve patient safety at J. C. Blair," said J.C. Blair Vice President of Quality Improvement Marlene Pierce.

J.C. Blair nurses Diane Morningstar, Jodi Atherton, Rebecca Price and Valerie Rupert have become trained instructors for J.C. Blair's new simulation lab. These nurses will run the simulation lab so that other nurses will have the opportunity to practice real world nursing skills on the simulated patient.

For more information on the new simulation lab at J.C. Blair, contact J.C. Blair Nurse Educator Valerie Rupert, RN, at (814) 643-8640.