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The Family Birthplace at SMH
Receives Simulation Training


The providers and staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital Family Birthplace recently participated in high fidelity simulation training provided by the Maine Medical Center – Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation to practice emergency drills and scenarios. The Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation is part of Maine Medical Center’s Department of Medical Education and is the only center of its kind in the state. The training provides a realistic, high-tech setting that allows participants to build or enhance their clinical skills and team communication in a more realistic setting.  The simulation training was set up in a patient room at the Family Birthplace and live video was observed in our classroom by the participants.  This was the first time the training was performed in a rural hospital setting.

The half day mandatory training was for all providers and Family Birthplace staff, as well as Administrative Supervisors who also manage the department. The training featured sophisticated mannequins, known as patient simulators.  Patient simulators are designed to mimic human physiology, from blinking and breathing to accurately responding to medication. The staff at the Family Birthplace receives mandatory annual trainings; however this was the first time utilizing this high tech equipment.

The training consisted of scenarios that were developed by a team from the Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital, Maine Medical Center and The Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation which included; Micheline Chipman, RN, MSN, CCRN, Simulation Nurse Educator, Kelley Bowden, MS, RN, Perinatal Outreach Nurse Educator, Carolyn Costanzi, MD, Chief of Obstetrics, Alison Newton, RN, OBS & ES Nurse Director and Jeanne Rosato, RN, Assistant Nurse Manager, OBS. The drills and scenarios were individualized for the critical access hospital and the Stephens Memorial Hospital Family Birthplace. Staff and providers rotated through the training while the remainder of staff watched a real time live feed in a classroom. Following the drill the team and participants had an opportunity to debrief.




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