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.
Ben Stobbe is Administrative Director/Business Manager for the UT Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center on the Health Science Campus. Ben holds joint appointments as a Clinical Instructor in the UT College of Medicine and the UT College of Nursing.
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