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MMU delivers education, supports specialized care at Island Health

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​It's been a busy fall for the MMU program – the unit and team were on the road again, this time to Island Health to deliver specialized education and support a First Nations clinic.

The units and team departed for Cowichan District Hospital (CDH) on October 2 where they set up and hosted an open house for staff and media.

On Monday, October 3, the MMU team partnered with Island Health's Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning, educators & Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) to deliver a full day of education for clinicians and physicians at Cowichan District Hospital. Participants received hands-on training through simulated trauma scenarios, skills stations dedicated to airway and ventilation, among others and didactic training around disasters.

More than 30 participants attended the day, which was supported by leadership at CDH and HEMBC. Comments from attendees included enjoying the hands-on practice and have facilitators that were open to discussion and interactive.

When the education completed, the team packed up the unit and headed to Cowichan Tribes Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre.

An early morning set up was followed by a two-hour education session by Dr. Beck, a pediatric intensivist and respirologist at Victoria General Hospital. On October 5, the unit hosted a full-day pediatric respiratory testing clinic for local patients. Nearly 30 children were seen by a GP at Cowichan Tribes and Dr. Beck and his team, which included two pediatriac residents. The clinicians and physicians able to use the flexible clinical space to bring care closer to home to many patients living in the Cowichan Tribes community. 

Comments from patients and family members were overwhelmingly positive and included:

  • "The unit is a great way to bring specialists from larger centers into small communities saving families from long commutes."
  • I like how they can come to you. Very convenient, very helpful and great staff!"

The MMU team would like to thank HEMBC, Island Health's pediatric educators, the Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning, Trauma Services BC, the leadership at CDH and Island Health, Dr. Beck and his team and of course the team at Cowichan Tribes for another successful deployment. Planning discussions are already underway for 2017 and the team looks forward to supporting Island Health next year.

A shared resource among all the regional health authorities, the MMU and team support planned and emergency deployments across the province each year. Specialized education and outreach clinics, like the deployment to Island Health, are just two of the services the MMU provides: the program provides medical support in emergency and disaster recovery situations, mass gathering events like music festivals, and when renovations are taking place at permanent facilities.




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