| Zee Yusri |
A HEALTHCARE Simulation Symposium was yesterday held at the extension building to the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah (PAPRSB) Institute of Health Sciences (IHS) of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), seeing the attendance of 100 participants made up of healthcare personnel and parties interested in simulation activities.
Organised by PAPRSB IHS in partnership with McQuipp Technisell Marketing Sdn Bhd and Asterix United Sdn Bhd, the symposium carried the theme ‘Advancing Education and Practice Through Technology’.
The Symposium Secretariat Committee received encouraging support from its stakeholders, including Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC), the Ministry of Health (MoH), Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd.
The IHS’s own teaching staffs and students also registered for the symposium.
The one-day symposium aimed to disseminate healthcare simulation information and its advancement in education and practice, increase visibility of healthcare simulation and the PAPRSB IHS Simulator Centre (SimCentre), and to enhance collaboration between PAPRSB IHS and stakeholders in health simulation matters.
Present as the guest of honour at the opening ceremony was the Dean of PAPRSB IHS, Dr Hjh Maslina binti Hj Mohsin.
A keynote address was delivered by Dr Chaoyan Dong, a Medical Education Specialist and Assistant Director at the Medical Education Unit of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. Additionally, three workshops ran concurrently to provide participants with hands on practical experience with simulation.
The workshops covered three different clinical scenarios, one for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), one for an Obstetric (women in labour) scenario, and one for Peadiatric (children) Case scenario.
The three workshops included: Workshop 1, which focused on advanced cardiac life support. In this scenario, the simulator was set to a cardiac arrest and participants were expected to respond and give immediate intervention. The simulator responses would be based on the intervention given. Overall, the aim of the simulation was to allow participants the opportunity to experience simulation learning and not to assess their capability to perform ACLS.
Workshop 2 simulated an Obstetric setting. Participants had the opportunity to partake in the care of a woman in labour, observe/engage in normal birthing process, gain hands-on experience with the feature of simMum simulator, and interact with the woman and her family/spouse by providing scenarios that reflected actual clinical situations.
Workshop 3 had set up a peadiatric setting, offering participants the chance to care and interact with a ‘child’ and his family by providing scenarios that reflected actual clinical situations. During the session, participants observed and were involved in a variety of simple to complex scenarios in caring for a child with a common medical condition. Participants were expected to apply beginner to intermediate skills and knowledge in managing the child’s condition as well as demonstrate effective communication with the family and their team.
In all three workshops, the participants were divided into small groups. Each group was assigned participants into different roles. Prior to the role play, a short briefing is given pertaining to the scenario, orientation of equipment and simulation environment. The scenario lasted between 10 – 15 minutes, and the session ended with group debriefing.
The Healthcare Simulation Symposium was the first of its kind hosted by the institute as it celebrates the completed establishment of the SimCentre of the institute, which is now in full operation.
The SimCentre has allowed the utilisation of high-fidelity manikins not only for students’ learning, but also to collaborate with the stakeholders workforce to improve practice via simulation.
PAPRSB IHS has adopted simulation-based learning using high-fidelity manikins as an added teaching and learning aid in recent years.
With the recent opening of the PAPRSB IHS Extension Building, the SimCentre was established and equipped with High Fidelity Simulators such as the MetiMan, SimMan3G, SimMum, SimJunior, PediSim, iStan and HSP6.