Interdisciplinary Simulation Teaches Teamwork at SHP

Posted in Respiratory Therapy

While it may be our first instinct to keep sick loved ones in bed, science is starting to prove us wrong. In the last 20 years, a growing body of research has shown that getting critically ill patients out of bed can prevent blood clots, pneumonia and deconditioning. But what’s the best way to teach caregivers to get patients up and about safely? Cue Evan Prost and Kathy Moss, SHP professors in the fields of physical therapy and respiratory therapy, respectively. Using the Russell D. and Mary B. Sheldon Simulation Center, Prost and Moss designed four activities that would not only teach their students how to mobilize a critically ill patient, but would give them the rare opportunity to work together. “In the past, PT and RT students have had very little clinical interaction in their educational programs,” Prost said. “Getting a complex medical patient who is on a ventilator –...

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