The Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) program recently deployed its most important resource to support a national conference: its team.
For the second time, the MMU program supported the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Conference Simulation Olympiad, held in Whistler from June 2-4. In 2013, both the MMU and team were deployed to support the CAEP Conference in Vancouver. This time, the team and equipment supported the event without the hospital and supply trailer.
The simulation-based resuscitation competition brings together eight teams made of up Emergency residents, medical students and other health care providers from hospitals and medical programs across Canada to compete for national bragging rights as they demonstrate their communication skills, team-work, and crisis management skills under pressure.
MMU educators ran two of the program's high- and medium-fidelity simulation mannequins during the competition, which saw upwards of 100 attendees each day. The MMU program also provided equipment that would have been required in a real-life scenario to make the competition as realistic as possible such as airway equipment, portable ultrasound, training medications, stretchers, ventilator and a defibrillator.
"Without the support of the MMU program, the Simulation Olympiad would have been significantly more complex to coordinate," said Erin Brennan, emergency physician and co-lead organizer of the annual competition.
"The MMU teams expertise and state-of-the-art equipment made the competition challenging, realistic and importantly, fun for all of the participants and we're grateful for their support of this unique competition once again."
This isn't the first time the program has supported an event without the hospital trailer but it reinforces an important point:
"This deployment showcases that the MMU program is truly multi-faceted and comprised of a number of assets," said Dara Davies, clinical operations manager. "The hospital trailer is an important piece of our program, but the expertise our team brings and our ability to continue to be flexible to meet the needs of the patients and partners we serve is equally crucial."
The MMU education program is designed to be incredibly collaborative and an important part of the program. The team of educators includes physicians, nurses, paramedics and nurse practitioners who regularly travel throughout BC to collaboratively work with site leadership and tailor education sessions that meet the individual needs of the regional health authorities.
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