Monday, February 24, 2014

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin utilizes Midland College’s SimLife Center

Resident, nurse and respiratory therapist insert breathing tube.
By Lesley Isaacs
Multimedia Promotions Coordinator

The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College is well known as an excellent training facility for medical professionals. Texas Tech Health University Sciences Center at the Permian Basin (TTUHSC-Permian Basin) is taking full advantage of the close proximity to the SimLife Center to continue the education and training process for their post-graduate residents.

Dr. Lavi Oud, TTUHSC-Permian Basin Associate Professor; Chief, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine; Director of Research, Internal Medicine; Director, Simulation-based training, brings groups of residents to the SimLife Center every other week to participate in different simulation exercises. Following their exercise, they participate in a group debrief to allow the residents a chance to discuss their performance and get feedback. The purpose of these exercises is to give the residents an environment where it is okay to make a mistake and learn from it before they are put in a similar situation while at work. On February 20, Dr. Oud had the residents participate in a “Code Blue” event, which was a Cardiopulmonary Arrest.

Dr. Oud watching video feedback of the exercise
“Simulation involves recreating a particular environment. Like this morning, we are creating something that will really suspend your disbelief, that will be immersive, a high-fidelity experience,” said Dr. Oud.

The training is for not only the critical care aspect but also the counseling experience that these residents will inevitably face. The hope is that the residents will learn how to respond to these situations, critical care and counseling, intellectually and emotionally.

“The reality is that physicians, most of the time, don’t operate in a vacuum. You interact with other people beyond the patient such as other medical professionals [nurses, respiratory therapists, etc.]. Each person has a different perspective…physicians are not always aware of these perspectives,” said Dr. Oud. “So a significant part of what is happening in those sessions, we sit down and talk about. We participate in the debrief and bring interprofessional input to the debrief.”

Jessica Luzadder, a graduate of the Midland College Associate Degree Nursing program, participates as a “confederate,” which is an individual scripted into a simulation to provide realism, in the exercises. Jessica plays a role specific to the situation but draws on her own background as a nurse to assist the residents.

Jessica says, “We’ve been doing this with Dr. Oud and the group of Internal Medicine residents for four years. So we have seen three groups of them go from their first year through their residency with the program. I can clearly see a difference in their practice from first year to third year after doing the simulation.”

The vision Marie Hall had when she helped get the SimLife Center started was to give students and healthcare professionals a place to enhance their knowledge and skills. Dr. Oud is bringing that vision to life.


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