Simulation at GHSU designed to help with stroke care skills

STUDENTS PRACTICE EMERGENCY SKILLS

As a man lying in the middle of his living room next to an overturned coffee table began to mumble, EMT Tikishi Herring went to his side.

“We’re going to do some things for you,” she said soothingly. “We’re going to get you on to the hospital.”

The man, however, was a wireless simulator that looked like a mannequin but could give real vital signs such as pulse and breath sounds or moaning to simulate real conditions.

The training Tuesday for emergency workers in the Interdisciplinary Simulation Center at Georgia Health Sciences University was designed to help them recognize and begin to care for stroke patients.

“It is a team approach,” said Holly Hula, a neuroscience nurse educator at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.

What happened at the scene and in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and the information the emergency workers gathered, “helps us with treatment once they hit the (Emergency Department) door,” she said.

In the scenario thast Herring and paramedic Alexcia Geary walked into, a 70-year-old man had fallen. There was a flask by his head and cigarettes nearby.

They quickly determined that his blood pressure and oxygen levels were low, his blood sugar was off, and through mumbling provided by a microphone from off-site, his mental status was altered. They made plans to start oxygen, provide fluids and administer a “stroke scale” test that could help determine the likelihood the man had a stroke.

“Good,” Hula said after they presented their plans. “Very good.”

Running the scenario was just a better way to learn it, Geary said.

“I like this part, instead of just sitting in the classroom,” she said. “I’m more of a hands-on person.”

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