Nurses at Chillicothe’s Hedrick Medical Center had a chance to improve their skills with a Mobile Simulation Lab last week.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak wtih Clinical Educator Danelle Reagin:

Dannelle Reagin

The Mobile Simulation Lab is a van with three computerized mannequins that simulate real life medical scenarios, allowing medical personnel to practice their skills in a low-stress environment.  It also allows for the development of critical thinking skills.

“We go over scenarios, we go over disease process, we go over medication side effects.  Just overall care of the patient.  And it just gives them a chance to think about it and practice.  And that way, when the real situation happens, it’ll kind of already be there in the back of their mind and they can just react quicker to the situation,” said Reagin.

The van comes from MU and was created in response to the need for interactive training resources in rural areas.  The computerized patient mannequins can simulate more than 110 medical scenarios.

Press Release from Hedrick Medical Center

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (May 15, 2013) — Hedrick Medical Center is hosting the Mobile Simulation Clinical Training Lab (Mobile Sim) from the University of Missouri-Columbia this week. The mobile lab will be parked outside of the Hedrick Medical Center Specialty Clinic until Friday, May 17, and will provide hands-on training for the hospital’s clinical staff.

The Mobile Sim clinical simulation service was created in response to the need for interactive and high-tech training resources in rural areas. On board the 30-foot vehicle are three computerized patient mannequins and virtual reality devices with the ability to simulate more than 110 medical scenarios.

“This program provides the opportunity for health care providers to practice high-risk patient events in an environment that is controlled and safe,” said Dena Higbee, clinical simulation center director, University of Missouri. “The active training leaves providers better prepared, improves team dynamics found in real health care environments and encourages students and professionals to become lifelong learners.”

The Mobile Sim training service is made available by the Shelden Clinical Simulation Center, University of Missouri School of Medicine. Hedrick Medical Canter pays a fee for the service, but the Mobile Sim was developed in 2010 with grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which made it possible to offer ongoing services. For more information on the Mobile Sim Lab, email Dena Higbee at [email protected].