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Nurses Use Simulation to Identify, Treat Early Signs of Sepsis

This summer, nearly 150 nurses from Oakland, Calif.-based Alta Bates Summit Medical Center used simulation training at Samuel Merritt University to raise the level of education and experience in early identification of sepsis.

The goal was to reduce the number of reported sepsis-associated mortality rates. Alta Bates Summit nurses, with the aid of SMU faculty with simulation expertise, used the equipment and procedures at the Health Sciences Simulation Center, located at the university’s Oakland campus, to make learning sepsis realistic.

Jeanette Wong and Bill Stier monitor sepsis training in the control room.

“The unique opportunity offered through simulation reinforced skills the nurses use every day in recognizing early stages of sepsis development,” said Thomas Holton, RN, MS, PACE, clinical transformation director at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “Simulation improves overall team skills and critical thinking related to the care and treatment of sepsis.”

The training includes humanlike mannequins managed by highly sophisticated computer software to enable healthcare providers to learn, practice and repeat procedures as often as necessary to correct mistakes and fine-tune their skills.

Alta Bates nurses said working with simulation was an eye- opening experience.

“I wish they had this type of technology when I went to nursing school,” said Karen Boucher, RN. “Back then, we practiced on each other.”

Karen Boucher, RN, ABSMC nurse and ’82 SMU alum.

“The mannequins just rock,” said Grace Boyson, RN. “The human patient simulators can talk to you, breathe, take in liquids, pretty much everything we do in an ED.”

Each year, sepsis strikes an estimated 750,000 people in the U.S., according to an SMU news release. It is the leading cause of death for non-cardiac, critically ill patients in the U.S.

By | 2020-04-15T14:37:30-04:00 October 11th, 2010|Categories: Regional, West|0 Comments

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