Each new year brings the promise of new purposes, hopes, opportunities, and goals. While many New Year’s resolutions focus on losing weight or exercising regularly, they can also include implementing new teaching strategies with your students. For healthcare training programs, this could include mock code simulations with Loaded Crash Carts from SimLabSolutions to improve recognition of cardiac arrest and adherence to AHA guidelines. Continue reading below to learn about the benefits of implementing these mock codes into your curriculum.
Importance of Mock Codes
Medical emergencies are no longer limited to the ICU- critically ill patients can be on various units throughout the hospital. Students may be required to assist in a code blue situation during any of their clinical rotations and they should be prepared for what to expect. However, they are often hesitant to intervene when patients suddenly decline even though rapid response is essential. Early exposure to patient resuscitation procedures help to increase students’ confidence and minimize hesitation when immediate action is needed. Being comfortable with these procedures and the equipment needed to perform them is essential. Afterward, debriefing sessions allow students to process the events that occurred during the simulation in order to improve care for actual patients in the future (1-5).
Loaded Crash Carts by SimLabSolutions
A stocked crash cart is an essential component of any mock code scenario. However, it can be difficult to find and purchase all of the needed airway and vascular supplies. The SimLabSolutions Loaded 5 Drawer Emergency Cart is the ideal solution for instructors who will be introducing mock code training into their curricula for beginning students. This cart contains all of the supplies and simulated medications for adult resuscitation, including management of respiratory and cardiac arrest. The SimLabSolutions Loaded 6 Drawer Emergency Crash Cart is more suitable for advanced learners as it contains pediatric supplies and a tablet-based defibrillator system that turns any manikin into a high-fidelity simulator. DiaMedical also takes the hassle out of reordering supplies, as refill kits are available for all SimLabSolutions Loaded Crash Carts.
Medication and Supplies
As realistic medications and supplies are a key factor to simulation scenarios, all SimLabSolutions Loaded Crash Carts contain SimRx Simulated Medications and a variety of other supplies. These pre-filled syringes come in color-coded boxes with realistic labels and Luer lock connectors to prevent needlestick injuries. Students can practice rapid, accurate administration of Adenosine, Dextrose, Calcium, Naloxone, Epinephrine, Atropine, Lidocaine and Sodium Bicarbonate to patients. Unlike expired meds, SimRx simulated code meds are clearly labeled for training purposes only and not for use with humans or animals. This warning appears on the syringes as well as the outer packaging.
Utilizing Loaded Crash Carts from DiaMedical in simulation scenarios is a great way to enhance healthcare education training in the new year. However, it can be difficult for instructors to decide which Loaded Crash Cart is best suited for their program. The DiaMedical team is equipped to help nursing programs balance cost and functionality in order to find the right tools to meet the needs of their students. For more information, reach out to a DiaMedical expert at 877-593-6011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.