Jefferson College of Health Sciences, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Carilion Clinic hosted the seventh annual Interprofessional Education Simulation Day on Friday, April 17, 2015, on the Jefferson College of Health Sciences campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.
The event allows students and other healthcare professionals to experience what it’s like to work as a team during a simulated emergency situation involving many patients with a variety of injuries.
During the event, students from a variety of Jefferson academic programs and classes—including Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Physician Assistant, Health Sciences, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Emergency Services, Surgical Technician and Masters in Occupational Therapy—are grouped together and assigned a mock patient involved in the situation. The students caring for patients are not informed of the nature of the event until the activity begins. They then have to assess the situation and treat their patients as a team on the spot. Goals of this simulation activity are to improve leadership skills and encourage interprofessional collaboration. The goals are not related to disaster preparedness.
This year's scenario was an explosion at a VA Rehabilitation Center and involved the following simulated areas: the explosion site, where Emergency Services students cared for the injured; an Emergency Department where medical, physician assistant, nursing, respiratory therapy and chaplain services students received victims of the blast; operating rooms, where medical, physician assistant and surgical technology students performed a mock amputation; rehabilitation units, where medical, physician assistant, occupational therapy, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant and chaplain services worked together to develop rehabilitation plans for victims of the explosion; and an area where health sciences students developed a public health plan for an infectious disease case involved in the explosion.