The Northern Clinical Simulation Program marked its 10th anniversary this year, according to a statement issued by Northern Health.
The program provides state-of-the-art human patient simulators for students, nurses, clinicians, and other health care providers to work with to hone their skills. The program is a partnership between Northern Health, the Northern Medical Program, UNBC School of Nursing and College of New Caledonia.
People living in the North, particularly during the pandemic, have benefitted from the expertise and learning provided through the program, allowing health professionals to practice their skills safely with the human patient simulator,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a press release. “This is an innovation that continues to position B.C. as leaders in the health system.”
The program has helped health care staff prepare and learn skills needed during the COVID-19 pandemic, including airway management, cardiac arrest management, preparing paramedics to assist COVID-19 patients and how to transfer patients with COVID-19.
“This ongoing partnership continues to support Northern Health’s organization values of collaboration and innovation” Northern Health CEO Cathy Ulrich said in a press release. “It demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality services through fostering a safe, realistic learning environment for physicians, staff and academic partners.”
Health care workers have benefited from more than 20,000 hours of clinical simulation education using simulators based in Prince George, Quesnel, Terrace and Fort St. John.