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St. Peter's Health staff use simulation to train for pediatric traumas

Posted: Feb 27, 2018 9:51 PM Updated:

St. Peter’s Health staff were given the chance to practice treating pediatric traumas in a high-tech simulation on Tuesday.

Physicians, nurses, paramedics, and other medical staff were able to experience pediatric traumas without risk to a real patient.

The simulations were provided by Best Practice Medicine in one of their SIM-MT simulation trucks.

The trucks have traveled across Montana since 2017 providing training to rural health care providers thanks to a $4.6 million grant.

In the simulations at St. Peter’s Health, a robotic manikin would progressively simulate different types of trauma for staff to practice on.

Sim-team leader Joe Poole said the truck is a great way to help medical professionals work situations that they don’t see all the time.

“It’s just not that often you’re going to see a really sick child,” Poole said. “Hopefully never in [their] career but you want to be ready when it happens.”

Poole added that individuals who go through these simulations are more likely to retain the information when needing to treat a patient.

St. Peter’s Health Director of Staff Education Sevda Raghib, R.N. M.S.N. said it’s always good to get as much experience as possible to be ready should a situation arise.

“It’s great to practice any of the skills that you have whenever you have the opportunity,” Raghib said. “And even better to practice those skills with the whole team that you’d be working with in the real-life emergency, which is what this simulation provides. “

St. Peter’s Staff said these simulations also help medical staff get a better understanding of each different care aspect that goes into treating a patient.

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