Shout it from the rooftops: a simulation that wasn’t an entire waste of time and brain cells.
This simulation was helpful. I think because it mocks an experience that has to be simulated (ie, unless you want to learn on a real live patient whose heart has actually stopped); you need to practice compressions, giving breaths, rotating roles, working as a team, etc. All the other simulations mock stupid scenarios that you can do in real life under the supervision of a nurse (giving meds, assessment, etc.)
The set up: 5 people in a group. Each student had an assigned role (medication, compression, airway, primary nurse and time keeper). The primary nurse walks into the patient’s room and he’s (a mannequin) is unconscious. Check for response & pulse. None. Call for help and start compressions. Then the rest of us arrive. Slap on the leads & defib pads, place the backboard underneath and pull up the meds. Then you basically follow the cardiac arrest algorithm:
The teacher can make the simulation last as long as they want (they are watching from a separate room with video monitors so yes, you are being filmed but honestly you forget all about it in the moment). We did two runs, one in the morning, break for debrief, then another in the afternoon. We were given the option to switch roles but everyone was really comfortable with theirs so we stayed put. We got our patient’s pulse back and our teacher came in. We asked, “Now what?” and she said, “Well, you got further than any other group so… I don’t know!”
It was an exhausting day (everyone went home completely wiped out) but we learned a lot and got very comfortable in emergency situations. Our group was also very calm, which I appreciate. I hate when people freak out during simulation (or real life) so I am proud of my group for staying cool and collected.