On Friday, April 14, Jefferson College of Health Sciences hosted out ninth annual Interprofessional Education Day on our campus in Roanoke. Using simulation, students are immersed in a realistic healthcare situation, providing the opportunity to gain perspective on each profession’s contribution to patient-centered care. The simulation fosters critical thinking focusing on professional commonalities, complementary practice, and collaboration among practitioners.
This year's scenario was a laboratory experiment on campus that has gone bad! Students were a part of a large explosion causing glass and metal to impel vital organs, toxic gases to be inhaled and bones to be broken. Here's how our students participated:
- Critical Care
Jefferson College Emergency Services students worked to rescue and triage victims. They delivered critical patients to simulated Emergency Department where Jefferson College Physician Assistant, Nursing and Respiratory Therapy students and medical students from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) worked together in interprofessional teams to treat patients.
- Operating Room Care
One case required emergency surgery. A surgical team consisting of Surgical Technology, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy and Physician Assistant students from Jefferson College and a medical student from VTCSOM work together to perform a simulated life-saving surgery. This is the only part of the simulation that involves skills being performed.
- Rehabilitation Care
Three patients involved in the event were cared for by a rehabilitation team consisting of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Nursing and Physician Assistant students from Jefferson College, medical students from VTCSOM and Radford University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. These student worked to develop a plan that will help the patient return to normal functionality after the event. Some patients had surprise health scares for the students.
Thank you to all of the students, faculty, staff and volunteers that helped us educate the healthcare leaders of tomorrow!