A clinical simulation training program for students and health care professionals in Northern B.C. marked its 10th anniversary this year.
Northern Health said Wednesday that more than 20,000 hours of simulated training has been given to students, nurses, clinicians, and other health workers since the program launched in 2011. The state-of-the-art program has allowed them to work with interactive training mannequins and other technologies to hone their skills in different treatment scenarios.
Most recently, Northern Health says it has helped staff prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic response in the region, including airway management and cardiac arrest management for patients with COVID-19, as well as preparing paramedics to assist and transfer patients.
“It’s an impressive ten years with the Northern Clinical Simulation Program, and we have seen excellent learning opportunities coming out of it over those years,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a statement.
“People living in the North, particularly during the pandemic, have benefitted from the expertise and learning provided through the program, allowing health professionals to practice their skills safely with the human patient simulator. This is an innovation that continues to position B.C. as leaders in the health system.”
The program has been an ongoing partnership between Northern Health, the University of British Columbia’s Northern Medical Program, the College of New Caledonia, and the School of Nursing at the University of Northern BC.
The program currently operates in Fort St. John, Prince George, Quesnel, and Terrace, and Northern Health says total training hours have increased from 1,100 to more than 4,100 hours annually.
“This ongoing partnership continues to support Northern Health’s organization values of collaboration and innovation” said Northern Health President and CEO Cathy Ulrich in a statement. “It demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality services through fostering a safe, realistic learning environment for physicians, staff and academic partners.”
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