As a rural community, the greater Waterville area does not see many high-risk medical procedures, but first responders, hospital staff, and other medical professionals still need to stay prepared to address them when they do occur. That’s why medical simulation training is so valuable!
As a leader in quality and performance transparency, Inland promotes healthcare advancement through education. Creation of The Bickford Medical Simulation Program helps ensure our ability to provide live-saving outcomes, invest in healthcare personnel, and provide a major community benefit to the Central Maine area as the program is available to our many healthcare partners, such as ambulance crews, emergency management services, and nursing students.
Four different computerized patient simulator models are the training tools of The Bickford Medical Simulation Program: Man/Woman; Pregnant Woman; Newborn; and Baby. The simulators are housed in our state-of-the-art training lab in the Medical Arts Building in Waterville, adjacent to Inland Hospital. It includes a mock patient room with cameras, a high-tech communications and control room, and a conference room/classroom for recorded sessions playback and discussion.
Medical simulators are computerized mannequins that can be programmed to mimic a variety of complex medical scenarios, such as trauma, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, airway obstructions, and even complicated obstetrics deliveries. Staff can also practice catheterizations, injections, and complex wound care. The unique equipment tests staff and physicians’ clinical and decision-making skills during realistic patient care situations. If the clinician fails to follow the proper protocol, the simulator demonstrates an adverse clinical outcome – providing a highly valuable learning experience.
The simulation program was established thanks to the generosity of Chuck and Joan Bickford of Winslow. Chuck is a long-time Inland Hospital trustee and Waterville banker and Joan was a dedicated volunteer at Inland.
Please contact Chellie Roderick, RN, Simulation Lab Coordinator at 861-7140