On April 29th the Palmetto Health USC School of Medicine unveiled the simCOACH™. This state of the art mobile simulation center was made possible by an anonymous donor. “Simulation medicine helps ensure Palmetto Health’s physicians and caregivers, as well as those throughout the Midlands region, are well prepared to provide the highest quality, safest care, and ultimately, the best patient experience,” said Palmetto Health CEO Charles Beaman. The goal for the use of the simCOACH™ is to have the necessary resources to train healthcare personnel who may care for patients in high risk situations in the State of South Carolina before having to care for the same live, high risk patients. The simCOACH™ is a two room simulation encounter space with all of the necessary technological equipment and simulation needs that a fully functioning brick and mortar simulation center would have. It is equipped with four slide outs which create two full size classroom encounter spaces complete with audio and video recording devices for debriefing and full size, high fidelity patient simulators which are controlled from a simulation booth capable of supporting two simulation specialists and encounters simultaneously. Please contact the Simulation Center to learn more about the possibilities for the use of simCOACH™ in your area. Please contact the Simulation Center to learn more about the...Read More
Learners are provided with experiential learning opportunities through patient simulation encounters. Using high fidelity patient simulators and advanced technology, the simulation specialist, facilitator and evaluator can recreate low risk or high risk patient care scenarios. Through direct observation, they can guide the learner through the skill and the decision making process in real time. This type of encounter allows the learner to be immersed into a realistic situation which allows for a strong cognitive, visual and kinesthetic learning environment....Read More
Of all the phrases I’ve heard since I began covering the healthcare industry,the most common one is how much better healthcare would be if it simply adopted some of the practices of the [insert almost any other industry here]. That’s a perspective shared by Robert Szczerba. He has formed a company called X Tech Ventures that’s designed to solve some of the most challenging problems in healthcare using a simulation platform that can be adapted for several different needs. In a phone interview with MedCity News, Szczerba explained that the “X” can be interpreted as the unknown problem to solve in a mathematical formula, as well as cutting edge ideas. He started the company three months ago after working for Lockheed Martin for 18 years where he most recently served as the corporate director for healthcare and life sciences. He was driven by the inefficiencies he saw in the healthcare system as he sought treatment for a child diagnosed with autism. “I was an engineer so I wanted to figure it out,” he said. As the healthcare industry shifts from fee for service to outcomes-based care, technology that can be tailored to hospital needs to reduce medical errors and improve outcomes and train people faster would be of great interest to hospitals. Szczerba said it sees opportunities to help hospitals improve their design, workflows in the operation room and ICU, and patient experience, among other areas. For example central line associated bloodstream infections are one of the most common hospital-acquired infections. They can be deadly, lengthen hospitalization and drive up healthcare costs. The company envisions its platform being used to help hospitals troubleshoot these kinds of problematic areas. Szczerba points to...Read More
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SimCOACH™, a fully-equipped mobile simulation training center, will extend the capabilities and reach of the Palmetto Health-University of South Carolina School of Medicine Simulation Center. Team-based medical simulation training will be available for students, nurses, resident physicians, EMS, and military medical personnel, many of whom would have to travel from across the state to access this specialized training. By coupling high technology human patient simulators and experts in medical simulation, SimCOACH™ will provide health care professionals the opportunity to practice complicated procedures and clinical scenarios, from individual patient care to large scale disaster response challenges, without posing a risk to actual patients’ health. The result is fewer medical errors, reduced health care costs and improved wellness for citizens across our region. SimCOACH™ is made possible by a major donor to Palmetto Health Foundation as well as gifts from CAE Healthcare and Bank of America.
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The Palmetto Health-USC School of Medicine Simulation Center offers American Heart Association CPR courses to all Palmetto Health employees and to the general public. Multiple courses are offered each week. For more information or to register for a class please call (803) 296-2273.
Heartsaver® CPR AED Course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who is interested in learning the basics of CPR. This video-based, instructor-led course teaches adult, child and infant CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking. This 4 hour course teaches skills in a classroom environment using AHA’s research-proven Practice-While-Watching (PWW) technique, which allows instructors to directly observe students and provide immediate feedback. This course is free to all Palmetto Health employees. The cost for this course for non-employees is $50.00 and includes all course materials and a course completion card.
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers is for healthcare professionals who are required to have the knowledge to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings. This 4 hour video-based, instructor-led classroom course teaches adult, child and infant CPR and AED use, as well as two rescuer CPR, BVM and how to relieve choking. This course is free to all Palmetto Health employees. The cost for this course for non-employees is $75.00 and includes all course materials and a course completion card.
Heartsaver® First Aid is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. Length of class: 4 hoursThis course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.