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SimCOACH™ Visit Colleton Medical Center

On Wed., Feb., 22, the SimCOACH™ visited Colleton Medical Center for the second year to offer simulated training to local healthcare professionals committed to improving births and delivery outcomes. SimCOACH™ is a fully-equipped mobile simulation laboratory that extends the capabilities and reaches of the Palmetto Health-University of South Carolina School of Medicine Simulation Center to all 44 birthing hospitals in the state of SC at no charge to the hospital.
Local OBGYN physicians, Labor and Delivery (L&D) nurses, hospital staff and technicians participated in hands-on interactive simulation education training designed to help reduce the care of cesarean section (C-section). SimCOACH™ offers local healthcare professionals the opportunity to practice complicated procedures and scenarios without posing a risk to a patient’s health, thus learning to reduce medical errors, save lives and cut healthcare costs. It provides experience for healthcare providers to practice performing low-volume, high-risk procedures in a safe environment. SimCOACH™ is a 50-foot onsite vehicle and the first mobile simulation laboratory in South Carolina and one of only eight in the nation. SimCOACH™ team has trained nearly 2000 healthcare professionals across the state. The training is part of statewide Birth Outcomes Initiative (BOI), to reduce C-sections in first-time, low-risk moms by supporting vaginal births. The Department of Health and Human Services has set a goal for C-section rate at 23.9 % in low-risk births by 2020 from the current rate of 32%. SimCOACH™ innovative simulation aims to help accomplish that goal through hands-on training.
Starting at 7:00 am Wednesday morning and throughout the day physicians, nurses and technicians entered the mobile laboratory to participate in live simulation lead by Mary Ernst, RNC Lowcountry Regional Obstetric Outreach Educator from MUSC and Dr. Gene Chang, Maternal-Fetal Medical Physician also from MUSC. One of Chang major focus was on Shared Mental Model, “this effective communication concept is to make sure all caregivers are on the same page especially when multiple life threating things could or are happening to mother and baby during delivery”, says Chang. Participants also received current medication dosage cards and educational updates from Ernst. “Preventing medication errors can be lifesaving to mothers to prevent harmful seizures or medication reactions before, during or after birth”, said Ernst.
Dr. Marjorie DeMund, Obstetricians and Gynecologists at Walterboro Obstetrics & Gynecology talked about how the SimCOACH™ simulations provided the opportunity for her and the L&D nurses to practice critical techniques, watch a playback of the procedures and receive valuable feedback from Dr. Chang. “I was able to perform a new technique with the nurses to help rotate the baby for a safe delivery eliminating the need for a C-section”, said DeMund. “We are so fortunate to have great L&D nurses with quick and knowledge responses in critical situations at the hospital”, she says.
The SimCOACH™ team at Palmetto Health consist of 13 staff members composed of physicians, instructors, administrators and simulation specialists. Present for the Colleton Medical Center training were simulation specialists Glen Miller, Allen Kenney and Kim Anderson responsible for the overall care of SimCOACH™ mobile unit, setup, simulation operating system, equipment, and mechanics. This also includes driving the unit as well as maintaining the lifelike full-size human animatronic female and newborn baby both with artificial breathing, mechanical movement, and voice simulation. If you would like to learn more about SimCOACH™ contact Amanda Grainger, SimCOACH™ coordinator at Amanda.Grainger@PalmettoHealth.org or a call 803-434-6991.

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