Tri-County Community College (TCCC) partnered with Murphy Medical Center (MMC) to provide training to MMC staff regarding cardiac arrest code scenarios at Murphy Medical Center in Peachtree on March 2.
“These scenarios serve the purpose of not only getting the medical staff familiar with the physical requirements in a cardiac arrest situation, but also the importance of communication and team leadership in a chaotic atmosphere,” said Haven Stiles, emergency medical training instructor at TCCC.
TCCC provided MMC employees access to its iStan advanced wireless simulator, which is capable of displaying a variety of medical scenarios including a cardiac arrest situation.
“The simulator looks and feels like a real person,” Stiles said. “iStan has a pulse for the medical personnel to feel, he can also moan or scream, and as an instructor, I can control many variables to ensure students get the most accurate emergency training necessary.”
Diane Dockery, the coordinator of professional development and certified medical-surgical registered nurse at MMC, led different groups of hospital personnel in the code scenario every 45 minutes.
“Communication is very important in this situation,” she told the group of nurses crowding around the simulator. “If your team leader remains calm, the room will follow suit.”
The partnership between TCCC and MMC allowed inpatient staff to acquaint themselves with protocols when a cardiac arrest code is called, which was something the hospital felt its staff could use additional training in, according to Stiles.
“Our simulator is very advanced compared to the traditional methods of training in handling these types of codes,” Stiles said. “In the past, these employees would either have to do the entire scenario verbally, or they would be working with a completely still mannequin. Neither of those situations gives way to the gravity of having a patient go into cardiac arrest in the manner our simulator does.”
MMC employees voiced their desire to use iStan in training scenarios going forward, remarking on the benefits of having a simulator that most resembled an adult human.
“You have to know going in that it will be physically challenging,” Dockery said. “This simulator gives the chance to show the need to ask for relief in performing chest compressions alone, which also underscores the need for clear communication in an emergency code scenario like this one.”
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