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Partnering on the road to provide in-depth education

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​After returning from Port Alberni just five days earlier for another mission, the Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) team was on the road again last week, this time to Merritt to provide specialized education to local clinicians.

Partnering with the Interior Health (IH) Rural Mobile Simulation Program, the MMU and team arrived at Nicola Valley Hospital & Health Centre on June 15, set up adjacent to their emergency department, and hosted an open house. The following day, the MMU's team of clinical educators along with physician and nurse facilitators from IH's simulation program hosted two, three-hour education sessions inside the MMU's main clinical area. By having the education sessions inside the MMU, there was no impact to clinical operations at the host health-care facility and clinicians were able to learn in an environment that was similar to their own department.

The goals of the education sessions were to help build capacity by providing health-care providers the opportunity to collaborate with other disciplines, including pre-hospital, in various medical situations as well as prepare them to work in the MMU for future clinical missions.

The scenarios were tailored specifically to needs identified by the site and included trauma, a cardiac-related case, sepsis and anaphylaxis. Approximately 15 nurses, physicians, and paramedics attended to learn and rotate through various advanced trauma skills stations in a safe and supportive environment.  The stations were tailored to skills the clinicians may not have regular exposure to but are important to practice including ventilator set up, syringe pumps, airway management, and interosseous needles for vascular access.

The sessions were a success and feedback from participants included appreciating the interdisciplinary collaboration; the knowledgeable, approachable instructors; and having the opportunity to enhance their skills in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

The MMU team sends its sincere appreciation to Interior Health Rural Mobile Simulation Program, Interior Health Communications and the staff and leadership at Nicola valley Hospital & Health Centre in Merritt for their leadership and partnership during this deployment.

The MMU is owned by PHSA and shared amongst the regional health authorities. The only resource of its kind in Canada, the program includes the unit and team which travel to each health authority regularly. The MMU space is flexible, with the ability to support a broad range of care ranging from primary and outpatient to critical and emergency life-saving surgical care.

Specialized clinical and disaster education is just one of the services the MMU provides: the program provides emergency and disaster recovery, outreach clinics for specialized patient populations so they can receive care in their own community, mass gathering events like music festivals and renovation support.

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