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MMU collaborates with Interior Health to deliver specialized education

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Collaborative. Informative. Fun.
These are just a few of the words participants at a recent education session in Oliver used to describe their training in BC’s Mobile Medical Unit (MMU).

From June 6 to 10, the MMU and its team deployed to South Okanagan General Hospital (SOGH) to co-facilitate two days of specialized education for more than 50 local clinicians, physicians, paramedics and staff from the Okanagan Corrections Centre (OCC). Participants had the opportunity to refresh and enhance their skills at a variety of stations focusing on intraosseous IVs, airway/ventilation, chest tubes and imminent birth as well as participate in three trauma scenarios.

Robert Atkinson, unit chief and Critical Care Paramedic, presented on the critical care transport program at BCEHS and local paramedics collaborated with OCC staff to exercise protocols and policies with respect to treating and transporting a patient. 

In partnership with the Interior Health Rural Mobile Simulation Program and a local midwife, the MMU team helped deliver the specialized education, which was tailored specifically to SOGH.

"The MMU education program is designed to be incredibly collaborative," said Dara Davies, clinical operations manager at the Mobile medical Unit and ICU RN at Vancouver General Hospital. "When we work with a site, we ask them what would be most meaningful for their staff and tailor the education to their needs so participants get the most out of the session."

For those participating in the sessions, the impact of the training was far reaching. Comments included feeling more confident in their chest tube skills, appreciating the hands-on learning environment and the approachability and expertise of all instructors.

Importantly as part of the deployment, members of both the MMU facilities team and SOGH maintenance met to discuss logistics including power to the MMU, location to park the assets, IMITS and space. By laying the groundwork for logistics and facilities requirements, should the MMU deploy to the site again either for a longer planned or emergency deployment, the logistical piece can be coordinated in an efficient and accurate manner.

The MMU would like to thank the team at SOGH, Interior Health Rural Mobile Simulation Program, Registered Midwife Susie Lobb, BCEHS and OCC for their collaboration, enthusiasm and knowledge. We look forward to supporting the region again in the future!

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