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Mobile simulation laboratory aids in training, efficiency

By Mikie Hayes
Public Relations

MUHA’s new mobile training cart.

One of the most important aspects of the recent GetWellNetwork upgrade is the need to train MUSC health care providers to use the system.  In order to teach them properly, access to a patient’s room is generally needed and with the hospital typically at capacity, that has not been possible.

“System training is important for every hospital. Having a training mechanism to teach the system is the challenge. It provides an opportunity to see the equipment that makes the system operate and allows for hands–on practice in a safe learning environment,” said Sue Monette, a GWN interactive patient care manager.

At a meeting of the MUSC GWN technology group, George Goodhue, a maintenance supervisor for east campus facilities, posed a question to the group: Why couldn’t a cart be built that would house all the equipment needed for training which could also be moved around the hospital? 

His idea has come to life as a mobile simulation laboratory. His conception required the collective knowledge of numerous departments and reflects a collaborative effort between the Department of Facilities Management, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and biomedical engineering staff, and with the outside help of personnel from GWN and Ronco (the nurse call system).

“This is a win–win in many respects.  Most importantly, the patients win as they receive superb excellence in the service,” Goodhue said. 
While there are a handful of mobile training systems around the country, Monette said there is nothing close to the scale of MUSC’s all–encompassing mobile training cart. It has received such acclaim that a proposal was submitted for the cart to be presented at the annual GetConnected 2014 conference in June.

On Feb. 21, those who had a hand in making the cart a reality were thanked at a celebratory lunch in their honor at the 2West auditorium. Goodhue, Monette and Kathleen White, R.N., the clinical services administrator in the Center for Education and Best Practices, recognized the facilities team for their special contributions to this groundbreaking project. The cart includes all equipment necessary to train staff to utilize and maintain the system. The equipment is live and interactive and accommodates various versions of equipment currently in use in different parts of the hospital.

Trainings have been ongoing since the Jan. 14 system rollout. The goal is to teach 2,300 MUSC personnel how to interact with the system so patients leave MUSC with far greater knowledge and confidence. 

February 27, 2014

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