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Focus on Patient Safety: Nearly 100 Participate in Simulation Training

Oct 28, 2018, 13:35 PM

Nearly 100 staff members and providers from across the organization participate in a day of simulation drills in the Family Birth Center at Skagit Valley Hospital with a focus on patient safety. These drills are held quarterly, with various focal points like C-Section drills and codes.

Most recently, the training provided by Puget Sound Simulation focused on postpartum hemorrhage. The multi-disciplinary training involved representatives from the birth center, Rapid Response Teams, Respiratory Therapy, operating room, anesthesia, nursing, lab, blood bank and ED, plus OB/GYN and Family Practice providers.

In the Family Birth Center, staff now measures blood loss by weight to more accurately document a patient’s blood loss to promote safety and earlier intervention, if needed. In all, 10 drills involving 10 different teams were conducted using a sophisticated high-fidelity simulation mannequin named “Noelle.” The female mannequin is very realistic and is capable of simulated breathing, bleeding, talking and vital signs and teams are able to start IVs and give medications to “Noelle” as they would to a patient.

“During the 10 drills, we learned something every time and brought forward new ideas for improvement that we used in the next drill,” said Kelly Lowry, Clinical Manager of the Family Birth Center.

Staff and providers in the birth centers at both Cascade Valley Hospital and Skagit Valley Hospital participated in online courses on fetal monitoring, postpartum hemorrhage and hypertension, leading up to the drill. “We are working hard to be proactive about patient safety and to keep up with current processes and the standard of care,” said Tammy Ringhouse RNC BSN, Special Care Nursery Neonatal Educator.

 “The team is dedicated and we are taking this very seriously and doing something positive for the benefit of our patients,” said Shelly Fallihee BSN, RNC, Perinatal Educator

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Focus on Patient Safety: Nearly 100 Participate in Simulation Training

Oct 28, 2018, 13:35 PM

Nearly 100 staff members and providers from across the organization participate in a day of simulation drills in the Family Birth Center at Skagit Valley Hospital with a focus on patient safety. These drills are held quarterly, with various focal points like C-Section drills and codes.

Most recently, the training provided by Puget Sound Simulation focused on postpartum hemorrhage. The multi-disciplinary training involved representatives from the birth center, Rapid Response Teams, Respiratory Therapy, operating room, anesthesia, nursing, lab, blood bank and ED, plus OB/GYN and Family Practice providers.

In the Family Birth Center, staff now measures blood loss by weight to more accurately document a patient’s blood loss to promote safety and earlier intervention, if needed. In all, 10 drills involving 10 different teams were conducted using a sophisticated high-fidelity simulation mannequin named “Noelle.” The female mannequin is very realistic and is capable of simulated breathing, bleeding, talking and vital signs and teams are able to start IVs and give medications to “Noelle” as they would to a patient.

“During the 10 drills, we learned something every time and brought forward new ideas for improvement that we used in the next drill,” said Kelly Lowry, Clinical Manager of the Family Birth Center.

Staff and providers in the birth centers at both Cascade Valley Hospital and Skagit Valley Hospital participated in online courses on fetal monitoring, postpartum hemorrhage and hypertension, leading up to the drill. “We are working hard to be proactive about patient safety and to keep up with current processes and the standard of care,” said Tammy Ringhouse RNC BSN, Special Care Nursery Neonatal Educator.

 “The team is dedicated and we are taking this very seriously and doing something positive for the benefit of our patients,” said Shelly Fallihee BSN, RNC, Perinatal Educator