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Ben Stobbe and Ted Ronau - inside new I-Space

Ben Stobbe and Ted Ronau - inside UT's new BARCO I-Space

In a busy interprofessional simulation center, there is never a good time to renovate. In fact, this summer with the medical student Bridge Course; the orientation of incoming house staff; training of student nurses and physician assistant students; tours for prospective clients and interested community leaders; and training the ProMedica Air & Mobile teams, the IISC has been especially busy – even while we give this 12,000 sq. ft. of space a good face lift.  Kudos to Ben Stobbe and Brian Cress who have kept the IISC fully functional as they work around carpenters, painters and delivery people.

Removing one of the three 350 lb. screens from the Semi for I-Space

Removing one of the three 350 lb. screens from the Semi for I-Space

The most exciting event of the year for the IISC will surely be the installation of the 3-D Cad Wall and the virtual immersive BARCO I-Space. Now that the factory testing has been done to make sure that the systems operate, the installation began this week.  Thank you to all of you who had to use alternate entrances and exits in the Collier Building around the delivery of equipment on Tuesday, August 23!

Tricuspid Valve - Courtesy of Dan Brainard, CCI

Tricuspid Valve - Courtesy of Dan Brainard, CCI

Dan Brainard from CCI has been working with the 3-D Cad Wall that is on loan from BARCO to create a stunning, beating heart, complete with timed heart sounds. It is amazing to be able to virtually fly through the ventricles of the heart – through the tri-cuspid valves and into the atrium of the heart. All this in living color!

Heart photo for 3-D CAD Wall - Courtesy of Dan Brainard, CCI

Heart photo for 3-D CAD Wall - Courtesy of Dan Brainard, CCI

What an incredible learning, teaching and research opportunities this new technology will offer! Our goal is to offer a transformational learning environment that stimulates students and faculty to learn, teach and study.  Thank you again for your patience while we renovate the space!

Movin Up! 3rd Yr. Med Student Bridge Course

The UT- IISC has just played an important role in the training of 180 second year Medical Students moving up to their third year rotations.

Med Students in Bridge Course

Med Students in Bridge Course

Med Students Suturing - Bridge Course 2011

Med Students Suturing - Bridge Course 2011

In this academic year these medical students are beginning patient contact in hospitals and clinics.  The IISC staff and COM faculty hosted several training sessions in the IISC to help students learn and practice some of the clinical skills so that they are well prepared to safely take care of their patients.

These medical students rotated through three stations receiving  instruction on how to perform a female pelvic exam, basic suturing, opening a sterile package, sterile gowning and gloving, and starting a peripheral intravenous catheter.  After the demonstration, each student performed the procedure through hands-on practice using simulation models. 

While total mastery of these skills was not the goal, each medical student received direct oversight and feedback from faculty while they were practicing.  This experience greatly helps the skill development that is so necessary for safe patient care and it also helps students develop their confidence levels prior to entering the clinical setting. 

Students are also encouraged to continue to practice these new skills in their own time by using the Interprofessional Simulation Open Lab that was opened in February 2011.  This lab (Room 0407 – Collier Building) is open to those students who have learned a specific skill and who want to use the simulation training to further develop their skill level.

A big thank you to all faculty who helped support the four – three hour simulation training sessions.  Students’ comments included: “Great Workshops”, “Good skills to practice”, “Very Helpful”, and “Thank you for spending an extra few minutes with me”.  Good luck to the third year medical students as they move into their third year rotations. 

Please remember the IISC staff is always available to assist you in setting up additional practice sessions!

Interprofessional COPD Simulation

With Spring break in the not too distant past, many of us can recall the travel that we completed. Welcome back to reality and school.  The IISC helped support a trip of a different kind on March 29.  Through the hard work of two UT Clinical Nurse Leader students ( Marissa Phillips and Jennings Smith ) an interdisciplinary training session “trip” was completed that took participants from nursing, medical student, physician assistant, pharmacy, and physical therapy through an interactive learning roadmap of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). 

The session consisted of a short didactic session, followed by an interactive 3-D “trip” that took participants “flying” through a normal and abnormal (COPD) airway.  With the immersive technology, students were able to see firsthand (and larger than life) the effects of COPD on the upper airway and lungs. With 3-D glasses donned one participant was heard to say, “Walt Disney couldn’t have done it any better.”

Last, the participants took care of a “patient”, in the Virtual Hospital environment, who was experiencing a COPD exacerbation.  The students had to respond to the crisis while drawing on the knowledge of their interdisciplinary peers. Like any good trip, planning, communication, and collaboration of all members is key to the success. This event was the first of many interdisciplinary training sessions to come. We are all in the same journey of life-long learning and discovering new avenues to work together, communicate more effectively and increase patient safety.

The real benefits of our Simulation Center

In these first few weeks of Spring, it seems timely to be starting the Interprofessional Immersive Center (IISC) blog. We are full of enthusiasm about how this simulation center on the Health Science Campus is growing. This week, for example, 175 first year medical students are being assessed for their skills in taking blood pressures. This seems a simple enough procedure!

However, instead of practicing on real patients (can you imagine how painful it is to have your blood pressure taken every few minutes by a lot of students?) they have been learning on our human patient simulators.

In addition to offering a safe place to learn without fear of hurting patients, these students will also get feedback about the accuracy of their skills as they relate to assessing blood pressure. This kind of precision is not possible when learning on real patients. We are able to program the human patient simulators to have any heart or respiration rate or blood pressure level – or indeed, to mimic almost any clinical situation.

A major goal of the IISC is to provide a venue to advance interprofessional education and collaboration. This means that we are already sharing space, models, expertise and ideas. We are also beginning to conduct health care team exercises so that nurses, pharmacists, doctors, respiratory therapists and other care givers can learn to work together in a simulated setting prior to conducting patient care.

In case you wonder why this center is called an “immersive” simulation center, it is because we are venturing boldly into bringing virtual reality and virtual environments into the learning experience. We live in exciting times when the fields of simulation, gaming and modeling are converging.

Most health care professionals live in the fear of inadvertently harming someone.  Being able to offer a full range of simulation experiences in spaces that can mimic any health care environment ‐ virtually ‐ where they can practice patient care skills will greatly help this concern.

About the IISC

The University of Toledo is creating a new paradigm that will transform how health care professionals are educated.

The Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center (IISC) will drive innovation in learning, clinical practice and research through the creation of a learning environment that incorporates advanced simulation models and virtual immersive technology.

Rapid changes occurring in national and global health care demand that the education of health care professionals must undergo transformation to ensure patients continue to receive the safest and highest quality treatment. The IISC will position The University of Toledo as a world leader in educating the health care practitioners of tomorrow.



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