BOOST Med News & Updates

News, updates, media releases and success stories from the BOOST Med program at Robeson Community College.
Michael Anderson is the Medical Simulation Specialist for BOOST.

Preparation and Collaboration with Medical Simulation

Preparation and Collaboration with Medical Simulation

I recently attended a moulage class at Greenville Healthcare Simulation Center to hone my moulage design skills.  Moulage is the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of simulating real-world experience for emergency medical training.  Preparation and professional development are important in the field of medical simulation for purposes of accuracy and effective training.  During the class I attended, I was taught advanced skills on how to prepare and cast molds to create moulage, including the Pos-Neg-Pos casting technique.

The Pos-Neg-Pos technique allows you to create realistic wounds and a mold to replicate the design.  Once you have created the wound using a positive mold, then you create a mold block around it to accept the molding material.  Once this hardens you pull the two apart from each other and then you have a mold to create multiples of your cast.  Afterwards, you paint and color the molds to look realistic, saving you time when you need moulage wounds on short notice. A little work on the front end will save you a lot of time when you need moulage to simulate injuries and provide students with realistic clinical experiences.
 

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Use it or lose it

Use it or lose it

In the world of medical simulation, there are many unknowns to the average individual.  How does this work, what will make this happen, and how do you or I do that?  That is why when you go to some facilities, you find simulation equipment locked behind a storage door.  The individual who had the vision and the skills no longer works there anymore, so the simulation equipment get put on the shelf; as well as the program.

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Medical Simulation and 3D Technology

Medical Simulation and 3D Technology

In Medical Simulation, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are making phenomenal advances in the area of learning and technology.  The inclusion of AR/VR in the training environment creates

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Good Communication Vital to Successful Simulation

Good Communication Vital to Successful Simulation

      In medical simulation it is vital that there is always a channel of clear communication and understanding. Here at Robeson Community College and the BOOST Program we strongly encourage clear communication.  In medical simulation it is important that the students, technicians, nurses and doctors have a clear understanding of what is being expected of them during the simulation experience.  By focusing on effective communication we help eliminate medical and training errors. 

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Attitude Is Everything

Attitude Is Everything

Attitude is everything, when it comes to life and the world of work.  Your attitude will determine who you are, what jobs you will have, your family and friends.   I am sure you have met individuals with positive attitudes.  These people are usually fun to be with, motivational, build people up, encourage, are compassionate and out going. 


 

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Enroll In Robeson Community College's EKG Technician Course

Enroll In Robeson Community College's EKG Technician Course

Robeson Community College, in partnership with BOOST, is offering an EKG/ECG Technician course through the Workforce Development Division.   Day and evening classes will start on Monday May 9th 2016 and run through to July 14th 2016 for the evening class and August 3rd  2016 for the day class.  Tuition is $180 for the course plus the cost of books $139.  Inquire about available scholarship opportunities if interested.

Students will gain knowledge of the heart and cardiac terminology.  For those interested, you can read more about what EKG technicians need to know and what they do in our Stackable Credentials section here on the website. The average salary for an EKG/ECG Technician can range from $9-$20 an hour or an annual salary of $20K – $42K.

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Medical Simulation for Employee Onboarding and Training

Medical Simulation for Employee Onboarding and Training

Medical employers are starting to use simulation during onboarding of new employees and in training of existing or incumbent workers. They are using simulated cases that an employee would experience while performing their duties on the job. This gives the employer a low-risk method of training while engaging the staff member's critical thinking and treatment skills.  Simulations allow the employer and employee to see the strengths and weaknesses of how the individual responded in the situation, giving the employer time to help the employee in their weak areas before they begin treating and caring for real patients. By using medical simulation, patients are being treated more effectively and the employee can be more confident in their ability to do their job.

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Medical Simulation Improves Job Readiness Skills

Medical Simulation Improves Job Readiness Skills

 BOOST at Robeson Community College (RCC) aims to better prepare students for healthcare jobs that require highly skilled and competent individuals.  By now most technicians, nursing, medical students, and doctors have had or should have had some experience using medical simulation for training. Whether it be through moulage, task trainers, computer modeling, video, and or simulators. These types of training opportunities are invaluable for students; they gain not only the task knowledge, but also the hands on skill knowledge they need.  At RCC we are able to offer entry-level and advanced healthcare students the ability to practice their skills to mastery through use of peer to peer labs and supplemental classroom instruction.

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Simulating reality for healthcare training

Simulating reality for healthcare training

In the world of simulation, reality can make a big difference in our training outcomes. The more realistic we can make the simulation, the more your senses (sight, sound, smell, and touch) are pulled in and the more you have a total involvement experience.  We hope that this experience will leave a lasting impression and provide the trainee with the kind of experience needed to make it easier to see and work through in future. One powerful way we can do this is through moulage.

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What to call a patient simulator? (You'd be surprised)

What to call a patient simulator?  (You'd be surprised)

In the world of medical simulation we use many different types of instruments and devices to make the magic happen.  The question always arises is what are these human looking devices called?  Is it a Manakin, Manikin, and or Mannequin…that we use in medical simulation?  

Borrowing heavily from Wikipedia, Manakins are small birds. The group contains some 60 species distributed through the American tropics. The name is from Middle Dutch mannekijn "little man"

A manikin is a life-sized anatomical human model used in education. The Transparent Anatomical Manikin is a three-dimensional, transparent model of a human being, created for medical instructional purposes that was created by designer Richard Rush in 1968.

A mannequin is usually an articulated doll used by artists, tailors, dressmakers, window-dressers and others to display or fit clothing. But the term is also used for life-sized dolls with simulated airways used in the teaching of first aid, CPR, and advanced airway management skills such as tracheal intubation and for human figures used in computer simulation to model the behavior of the human body. During the 1950s, mannequins were used in nuclear tests to help show the effects of nuclear weapons on humans.

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What is simulation in healthcare?

What is simulation in healthcare?

BOOST uses simulation as a training aid and a method of improving the range of scenarios that can be taught that a student may encounter in a hospital or medical facility.  According to the Society of Simulation in Healthcare, simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time.  The act of simulating something first requires that a model be developed; this model represents the key characteristics or behaviors/functions of the selected physical or abstract system or process. The model represents the system itself, whereas the simulation represents the operation of the system over time. 

More can be learned about simulation from Learn more about simulation in healthcare from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

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