The new Karol Maschmeyer Practice Readiness Centre offers staff and physicians more hands-on training in intensive situations.
The first lab of its type in northern Alberta features a number of advanced mannequins capable of simulating high-risk situations.
"This mannequin will help us to practice CPR, ACLS, malignant hypothermia, any situation that doesn't happen very often," said Tammy Burrows, manager of site operations, planning and projects for the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital. "This gives us the opportunity to practice that so when it does happen, we are able to come to action, help our patient and their family and have a good outcome."
The $750,000 lab was paid for with money raised by the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation, with a donation of $20,000 from Dennis Maschmeyer, husband of Karol Maschmeyer who was a strong proponent of continuous learning. She was admitted for congestive heart failure compounded by chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
"Having a dedicated space to run an emergency drill will help our staff and physicians identify if there is a knowledge gap, improve communication among the team and identify if we have a process issue at the site, such as not having the right medication in the operating room," said Kristen Moreau, clinical nurse educator at the hospital.
The new centre is equipped with a family of computerized mannequins that mimic a variety of scenarios, including imminent delivery, postpartum hemorrhage, immediate caesarean birth, stroke diagnosis, pediatric asthma attack and anaphylaxis.
According to Alberta Health Services, research shows simulation training is equivalent to clinical training and can enhance the quality of care and improve patient safety.

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