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Features Health & Wellness Mobile lab offers training to medical professionals in Franklin

Mission Health announces the inaugural visit of its Regional Simulation and Education Laboratory to Angel Medical Center (AMC). The 39-foot simulation lab on wheels will teach current and future medical professionals as well as offer case-based studies and simulations.

Last month, the mobile simulation lab visited Angel Medical Center in Franklin, offering a course on pediatric care and nursing assessments. Caregivers were given the opportunity to take a tour and complete simulations.

“This technology makes it possible for us to practice our assessment, treatment and emergency response training in a realistic patient care situation so we can ensure that our staff are always prepared to give excellent care to our ‘real’ patients.” said Sheila Price, vice-president of Nursing for AMC. “What an incredible opportunity for continuous learning in a safe environment. This simulation technology would not be available to us without our relationship with Mission Health and we are very grateful to be a part of such a learning focused organization.”

“Through case-based classes and skill applications, we can educate caregivers in best practices of superior care to patients and their families,” said Alesia Carpenter, Mission Health’s regional simulation laboratory coordinator. “Opportunities for community-based outreach allow us to continue our dedication to providing an unsurpassed quality of care, closer to home.”

Mission Health’s mobile simulation laboratory provides a safe practice environment through the use of computerized mannequins, capable of talking, producing vital statistics and heart sounds. Two lifelike hospital rooms allow first responders and caregivers to practice patient care related skills, including physical assessment skills, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric life support (PALS).

“We look forward to continuing our mission of providing education to health care professionals and students throughout western North Carolina,” said Carpenter. “Already our mobile simulation laboratory has visited McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard, and we appreciate the opportunity to visit two more regional hospitals.”

Mission Health’s mobile simulation laboratory is made possible through a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration and the Mission Healthcare Foundation.


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