COVID-19

Wow.

Nothing like a wake-up such as a global pandemic. There are a lot of feelings out there right now ranging from uncertainty, fear, anger and so on.

First, it’s okay and perfectly normal to have these different and fluctuating emotions. We are all processing this unprecedented time in history in different ways. Accept that it’s okay to feel a little weird about this.

As COVID-19 unfolds, it is a clear reminder that there are things that we can and cannot control. So, what can we control as we adapt and try to make it through the day?

1. Getting reliable and accurate information

There’s a lot of information and unfortunately, misinformation out there that can leave us feeling conflicted. It’s pretty easy for misinformation to go viral and spread. “Todd’s Info War Room” (I made that up as an example) is not necessarily the most reliable source just because it has a lot of social media views. Trustworthy sources such as the Center for Disease Control, Health Canada, Government websites, and Health Regions contain vetted and professional information.

2. Doing our part to slow and stop the disease progression

I’m not going into the exponential mathematics and complexities of disease transmission, however, let’s keep it simple:

Wash your hands. Cover your cough or sneeze in your sleeve. Keep some social distance for a bit. If you’re sick, stay away from people for at least 14 days.

3. Our Future Outlook

Our mental wellness is very important. Take a walk, be social through technology, and take care of yourself and your loved ones. Practice yoga, pray, and do whatever gives you internal strength.

Life feels different right now, but we’ll make it through this. It may feel like a huge inconvenience from our normal lives, but our actions can make a difference.

If there’s anything that you’re doing to thrive, feel free to share it in the comments.

Stay Strong,

Matthew

Big News is Coming

Hi there!

Our team has been working on several awesome projects over the course of 2018 and we’re excited for 2019.

Make sure to follow us on LinkedIn to see more photos and news that’s up to the minute. We’ll be sharing some big news there shortly.

Cheers,

Matthew

Healthcare Simulation: Innovators Wanted

Modelling and Simulation are concerned with exactly that: replicating the model and simulating the conditions as close as possible to the current standard. In some cases, creating that perfect simulated experience takes a lot of innovation and creativity. I applaud and respect the many simulationists that work behind the scenes in modelling to increase the realism of training experiences.
With many healthcare simulation centres that are underfunded and understaffed, it takes innovation and creativity to make things happen. It takes a keen eye to redistribute resources as needed. From experience as a former centre administrator, I noticed that we were going through an insane amount of oxygen in our labs that carried significant cost. What could be done to optimize resources? Several things:
First, we needed to understand how much oxygen was costing us to provide a picture of the financial importance. Next, we needed to collect information from instructors, staff and ask vital questions regarding learner safety such as “do we actually place oxygen on a live person in a simulated experience?”, “does the simulator only receive oxygen?”, “does real oxygen actually change the simulator’s vital signs?”, “what safety labelling do we need to place on a nursing headwall?” and so on. I would also recommend performing a risk assessment with key external stakeholders including occupational health and safety departments. When you have collected the information and identified risks, you can make an evidence-based decision with your team.
In my situation, we made the switch to compressed air. The cost to create a compressed air delivery system was minimal compared to cost savings of traditional oxygen. The decision to switch had additional benefits that included the injection of tens of thousands of budget dollars could be reallocated into program support per year. Yes, per year! It also decreased operational demand as we did not need to have staff call suppliers, request refills, set aside delivery time, pay for cylinder maintenance, etc.
Many healthcare simulation centres are not fully supported and rely on the innovation of team members to maximize operations. Take a look around your department, what do you see that could be optimized? Send me an email, I’d love to hear about it.
Matthew
About the Author: Matthew Jubelius is a subject matter expert in healthcare simulation. He is a consultant, educator and wants to change the future of people development, education, and training. He has championed the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based education and training programs, including quality improvement measures for post-secondary institutions, private industry, and the federal government.
Matthew can be reached through www.amoveotraining.com for simulation consulting, program development, employee training and speaking engagements.
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